Australian Defence Force will investigate the army chopper mishap

Australia Helicopter Crash Investigation
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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) announced on Thursday that an investigation has been initiated after a helicopter crashed into the water near Jervis Bay, injuring two personnel.

The army MRH-90 Taipan’s 10 crew members were recovered from the ocean off the coast of New South Wales (NSW) on Wednesday night and assessed at a nearby naval academy, according to Xinhua news agency.

The chopper was doing standard counter-terrorism training when it lost power and crashed into the sea.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and port services have cordoned off the area, and the whole MRH-90 Taipan fleet has been grounded while the ADF examines the cause of the incident.

“Quick responses from ADF personnel and emergency services and well-drilled teams prevented a potential tragedy,” Chief of the Army Simon Stuart said in a statement on Thursday.

“We will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident to determine the cause and ensure the platform remains safe to operate.”