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The aircraft was about to be flown to Maitland as part of a multi-stage charter flight. After boarding, the pilot attempted to start the left engine but the starter was apparently not engaging the ring gear. He started the right engine and again unsucessfully tried to start the left engine. The pilot said that he then left the aircraft, with the right engine running, and attempted to move the left propeller to enable the starter to engage. As he turned the propeller the engine fired and commenced to run, the propeller grazing his right hand. The aircraft started to move forward, although the parking brake was reported to have been on. The pilot said he tried to board the aircraft but was unable to prevent it continuing ahead about six metres into a wooden fence. Substantial damage was sustained to the left wing, left propeller and nose cone. The three passengers on board were not injured. The front seat passenger had no aviation knowledge and is not believed to have contributed in any way to the accident. The pilot said he subsequently found the left engine magneto switches had been on when he moved the propeller.

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General details
Date: 15 December 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1630  
Location:Port Macquarie Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 03 January 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 76 
Aircraft registration: VH-HZG 
Serial number: ME-151 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Port Macquarie NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Maitland NSW
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