On 27 February 2006, at approximately
1427 Western Standard Time, the Cessna Aircraft Company 441
aircraft, registered VH-LBA, was being operated on a charter flight
with two pilots and seven passengers from Perth to Mount Weld, WA.
During cruise, at Flight Level (FL) 250, the left engine shut down.
The crew actioned the 'engine securing phase one checks' from the
quick reference handbook and declared a PAN. They then requested
and received a clearance to descend to FL200. The crew then
actioned the engine restart procedures, successfully restarting the
left engine. Air Traffic Control was notified of normal operations
and the flight continued to Mount Weld.
Following the occurrence, the flight crew reported that, prior
to the engine shutdown, the pilot in command (PIC) had
inadvertently depressed the left engine STOP button.