Date & Time: Apr 21, 1927
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DH.9
Operator:
Registration:
A6-5
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Demonstration
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Point Cook - Point Cook
MSN:
D1187
Country:
Australia
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
For the official visit of Duchess of York in Australia, a team of seven De Havilland DH.9 was performing a demonstration flight in a V formation. At 1,000 feet, all aircraft plunged and regained height at 500 feet. On sixth position, number A6-26 hit with its engine the A6-5's machine which was on fourth position in the formation. Both aircraft dove into the ground and exploded. All four occupants on both aircraft were killed, among them three pilot and a photographer.
Crew:
Lieutenant R.I. Dines,
Corporal J. Ramsden.
Probable cause:
Pilot error.