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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

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