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On 29 November 2006, an Australian Army Black Hawk helicopter, A25-221, crashed during a training flight. The helicopter was attempting to land on HMAS Kanimbla located in international waters off Fiji. Onboard the helicopter were 10 army personnel - four aircrew and six soldiers. Of those onboard, eight survived and two were fatally injured.

The helicopter sank in deep water and the flight data recorder (FDR) was recovered in March 2007 after a salvage operation. The Australian Department of Defence was responsible for investigating this accident and appointed a Board of Inquiry. The Department of Defence requested ATSB assistance in the recovery of data from the FDR. The Executive Director of the ATSB approved the request. To protect the information supplied by the ATSB to Defence and investigation work undertaken to assist Defence, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The solid-state memory was successfully downloaded and a copy of the data file was provided to a representative from the Directorate of Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety.

Information publicly released by the Board of Inquiry is available on the Department of Defence website: http://www.defence.gov.au

 

On 29 November 2006, an Australian Army Black Hawk helicopter, A25-221, crashed during a training flight. The helicopter was attempting to land on HMAS Kanimbla located in international waters off Fiji. Onboard the helicopter were 10 army personnel - four aircrew and six soldiers. Of those onboard, eight survived and two were fatally injured.

The helicopter sank in deep water and the flight data recorder (FDR) was recovered in March 2007 after a salvage operation. The Australian Department of Defence was responsible for investigating this accident and appointed a Board of Inquiry. The Department of Defence requested ATSB assistance in the recovery of data from the FDR. The Executive Director of the ATSB approved the request. To protect the information supplied by the ATSB to Defence and investigation work undertaken to assist Defence, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The FDR was received at the ATSB laboratories in Canberra on 27 March 2007 and it was disassembled the same day.

The FDR details were:

Manufacturer: L3 Communications
Part Number: S903-2000-01
Serial Number: 00477

The solid-state memory was successfully downloaded and a copy of the data file was provided to a representative from the Directorate of Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety (DDAAFS). No analysis of the data was undertaken by the ATSB.

All the disassembled FDR components were returned to a DDAAFS representative on 12 April 2007.

Information publicly released by the Board of Inquiry is available on the Department of Defence website: http://www.defence.gov.au.

 
General details
Date: 29 November 2006 Investigation status: Completed 
  
Location:Near Fiji Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 19 October 2007 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Other 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Sikorsky Aircraft 
Aircraft model: S-70 
Aircraft registration: A25-221 
Type of operation: Unknown 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Crew details
RoleClass of licenceHours on typeHours total
Pilot-in-CommandUnknown
 
Injuries
 CrewPassengerGroundTotal
Fatal: 1102
Total:1102
 
 
 
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Last update 18 April 2018