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The aircraft were part of a four aircraft formation taking part in a photography session. On return to Darwin it was intended that the aircraft land one after the other on the same runway. The first aircraft landed and the pilot requested a clearance to turn off the runway onto a cross strip. A clearance was not available due to other traffic on that strip and the pilot was instructed to continue taxying along the runway. As the second aircraft commenced the flare for landing it collided with the aircraft already on the runway. The flight had been poorly planned and the briefing conducted before DEPARTURE was inadequate. The pilot flying the second aircraft to land was inexperienced on the aircraft type and had no formation flying experience.

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General details
Date: 03 April 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1849 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Darwin  
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 03 July 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft 1 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Stevens Industries 
Aircraft model: Akro S 
Aircraft registration: VH-KGZ 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Delissaville NT
Departure time:1849
Destination:Darwin NT
Aircraft 2 details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pitts Aviation Enterprises 
Aircraft model: S-2 
Aircraft registration: VH-KIT 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Delissaville NT
 
 
 
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