Accident de Havilland DH.9 A6-28,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27136
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Date:Thursday 11 February 1926
Type:de Havilland DH.9
Owner/operator:3 Sqn RAAF
Registration: A6-28
MSN: C6323
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Ainslie Airport, Canberra, ACT -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAAF Point Cook, Melbourne, Victoria
Destination airport:Ainslie Airport, Canberra (CBR/YSCB)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
A6-28 (ex-RAF C6323). Imperial Gift to Australia in late 1919 (28th of 28 supplied). Placed into long term storage at 1 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Laverton until 1923. Issued to 1 FTS, RAAF Point Cook by 07/23. Reconditioned by MSB 01/06/25, fitted with dual controls. Returned to service with 3 Squadron, RAAF later in 1925

On 11/02/26 aircraft was carrying a pilot and a photographer for a topographic mission over Murrumbidgee River. On final approach to Canberra-Ainslie Airport, at a height of hundred feet, pilot shut down the engine. Aircraft stalled and crashed in a field short of runway. Pilot was killed instantly while the passenger died few hours later. (Pilot: Flying Officer P McK Pitt and passenger/photographer: AC1 W E Callander, both aged 26); airframe totally destroyed by fire, total flight time 254 hours. Struck off charge 25/06/26.


1. The Richmond and Windsor Gazette, Friday February 19th, 1926

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
23-Jan-2014 03:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-Apr-2014 16:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Apr-2014 16:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2015 21:32 SIS07 Updated [Operator]

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