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RAN Sea King crashes in Indonesia

Old 2nd Apr 2005, 11:40
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Aussie chopper crashes in Indonesia

Aussie chopper crashes in Indon

April 02, 2005
From: AAP
AN Australian Navy helicopter carrying 11 personnel has crashed in Indonesia, the Department of Defence said tonight.

In a statement, Defence said the Navy Sea King helicopter crashed near Gunung Sitoli on Nias Island, off the west coast of Sumatra, about 7.30pm (AEST) today.
The helicopter, from HMAS Kanimbla, was conducting a sortie in a support of the second phase of Operation Sumatra Assist, the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the earthquake relief effort.

Up to 11 people, including the helicopter's crew of three, were on board, the department said.

HMAS Kanimbla was steaming towards the vicinity of the crash site.

A Defence spokesman said it was not known whether anyone on board the chopper was killed.

The department was endeavouring to find out details of the crash.

"What we're hoping to do is get updates as soon as we can get the appropriate information," the spokesman said.

Sydney Radio 2UE quoted Indonesian authorities as reporting a helicopter crash that has claimed six lives.

It quoted unconfirmed reports that the helicopter was carrying medical evacuees and had a crew of three when it crashed.


Update............may they all RIP


Nine Aussies dead in crash

April 02, 2005
From: AAP
TRAGEDY has struck Australia\'s relief effort on Nias, with a Navy helicopter crashing, killing nine personnel on board.

The chopper crashed this afternoon while on approach to Amandraya village on the remote west coast of Nias.
The Sea King helicopter had been ferrying an emergency medical team from the Kanimbla to the village as part of relief efforts to outlying areas of Nias following a devastating earthquake on Monday.

The helicopter crashed on approach to land, Kanimbla captain Commander George McGuire told journalists who had been on board the Kanimbla for a media tour.

He said two on board the helicopter survived and were airlifted to the Kanimbla for emergency surgery by the ship\'s second helicopter, which landed with a medical team after seeing smoke from the crash site.

"They are in a serious condition with leg fractures and other injuries," Cmdr McGuire said.

"We believe the rest of the personnel died."

On board the chopper were five naval personnel as well as three from the Air Force and one member of the Army.

Seven of the dead were male and two were female.

The Kanimbla immediately scrambled its second helicopter to inspect the crash zone for a second time after Indonesian military authorities in the area suggested the other nine passengers on board may have survived. But an hour later the 300 ship crew members were informed that all nine had been killed, their bodies found in the wreckage by a team of paramedics and rescue personnel.

Cmdr McGuire immediately dispatched the Kanimbla to the rescue site and tonight it was steaming around the southern tip of Nias to take up station near a river leading to the village where the chopper crashed.

"That location is a very remote location," he said, adding that the trip would take about six hours to steam to the site where the chopper, callsign "Shark 02", went down.

Shattered staff on the Kanimbla cried and bowed their heads in shock in the ship\'s mess room when Cmdr McGuire broke the news that no other survivors had been found.

In the ship\'s cavernous hold, which had been converted into an emergency hospital ward, about 20 military doctors were caring for the two wounded crew members, conducting on-the-spot X-rays in preparation for surgery.

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Old 2nd Apr 2005, 13:54
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Bad news. I for one hope that those who have been on exchange with '45 and '46 DID NOT get caught up in it. If anyone finds out the names of the Pilots drop me a PM.

Bad news for Kanimbla.


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Old 2nd Apr 2005, 14:31
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Latest news........tragic

The Navy confirmed that all nine personnel killed in the crash were Australians.

Both pilots were killed and the two survivors were both male.

One had fractures and the other was believed to be in a very critical condition.

The Navy confirmed that those killed were the five naval personnel, three from the Air Force and one Army member.

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Old 2nd Apr 2005, 20:36
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You may want to edit what you've posted - I don't think you really wanted to say that!!

RIP to the guys and girls involved.
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To those who have died, may you rest in peace.

"These things we do so that others may live"
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Six navy, three air force staff die

April 03, 2005
From: AAP
DEFENCE Force Chief Peter Cosgrove today confirmed that nine Australian military personnel, comprising six from the navy and three from the air force, had died in the Kanimbla helicopter crash.

Lieutenant General Cosgrove also confirmed at a press conference the dead were seven men and two women.
Four were air crew and the rest were medical relief specialists, he said.

He said early media reports of an army person being among the casualty list were incorrect.

The HMAS Kanimbla helicopter was on an earthquake relief mission to Nias, Indonesia, when it crashed yesterday.

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The Sea King Mk 50, side no. '02' was from 817 Squadron RAN with 4 crew on board as well as pax. It crashed during approach to land at Aman Draya village on the west coast of Nias Island.

Other details will be released in due course, as always speculation over the cause is too early, please don't fuel it!

There was no involvement by the Booty or any other ex UK aircrew. All condolences are much appreciated and will be passed on to the families. As expected it has hit hard and all are feeling it.
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Old 3rd Apr 2005, 03:37
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A truly tragic thing to happen. My condolences and heart felt sorrow go out to all the families involved.

Our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters have paid the ultimate price while helping others in need.
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What do you say at a time like this other than sorry to the family and friends.

I knew one of the pilots and he will be missed. Many good memories which I am trying to concentrate on now.

Hope the two wounded guys do all right.
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Old 3rd Apr 2005, 16:28
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Petit fromage, Sleazy et al

Thoughts are with you.

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Old 4th Apr 2005, 02:58
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A good article in the SMH, with the following extract:

The six navy dead were named last night as Lieutenant Mathew Davey, a doctor from Canberra; Lieutenant Matthew Goodall, a helicopter observer from NSW; Lieutenant Paul Kimlin, a pilot from Canberra; Lieutenant Jonathan King, a pilot from Queensland; Petty Officer Stephen Slattery a medic from NSW; and Leading Seaman Scott Bennett, an aircrewman, from NSW. The air force personnel were Squadron Leader Paul McCarthy, a senior medical officer from Western Australia; Flight Lieutenant Lyn Rowbottom of Queensland; and Sergeant Wendy Jones of Queensland.
Sydney Morning Herald
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Here's to the man that removed Violet off our smart white Volvo 240 GL......................

All your course mates from the UK are thinking of you and your family.

RIP Kingy

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Old 6th Apr 2005, 12:28
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I wish it were happy times rather than times like this that brought old friends together.

RIP Kingy

Its the good and happy times like the Violet incident that we are all trying to remember right now.

Safe flying to you and the others over there Longstick. I will pass on you thoughts to the boys on friday.

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