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Arrangements had been made for three Tiger Moth aircraft to carry out a fly-past at Walcha as part of celebrations to commemorate the first Australian superphosphate spreading operation by air. Earlier in the day VH-BII was flown from Williamtown to Maitland and Scone, where all three aircraft were refuelled in readiness for the flight. The pilots briefly discussed the flight procedures to be used enroute to Walcha and agreed that the pilot of the aircraft planned to take-off last would be responsible for navigation for the group. There was little or no discussion about how the aircraft would form up after take-off prior to departing on track. The aircraft were positioned for take-off with VH-BII planned to be the second of the group to become airborne. The first aircraft took off normally and commenced a left turn when at a height of about 500 feet. VH-BII was observed to follow a similar pattern, however the third aircraft commenced a right turn after take-off to intercept the track to Walcha. Shortly afterwards VH-BII, which had made a gradual turn to the left through about 45 degrees was observed to rapidly enter a steeply banked turn to the right. The angle of bank increased and the aircraft entered a spin. Any recovery action attempted by the pilot was unsuccessful and the aircraft struck the ground in a steep nose-down attitude after passing through a set of power lines. Fire broke out immediately and engulfed the wreckage. Subsequent investigation did not disclose any defect or malfunction of the airframe, engine or systems of the aircraft which might have affected the pilot's ability to safely control the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 31 October 1982 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1105  
Location:600 metres West of Scone NSW Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 08 March 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: DH-82 
Aircraft registration: VH-BII 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Scone NSW
Departure time:1105
Destination:Walcha NSW
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