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HotelBushranger
04-04-2005, 06:33 AM
On Saturday at roughly 5:30pm, a Royal Australian Navy Seaking helicopter based off HMAS Kanimbla crashed whilst on and aid mission on the Indonesian island of Nias. Out of the crew of 11 onboard, 9 died while 2 are currently in hospital. 7 men and 2 women and Australian servicemen died.

Out of the passenger crew, 5 were from the Navy, 3 from the Royal Australian Air Force, and 1 from the Army. Both pilots were killed, hopefully on impact, as soon after the crash the helicopter burst into flames. A man from the Amandraya village, where the Seahawk was landing, pulled free one of the two survivors. Both are onboard the HMAS Kanimbla.

Perhaps the worst thing is that they were supposed to be safe, back home in Australia. They were already en route back, but were called back, diverted to Nias following the most recent earthquake there.

These men and women died in the most selfless acts, helping others in disastrous times, giving their own lives so that others may live. My thoughts and my heart go out to the families of those killed; may they have the support they need through this time.

Rest In Peace
Leftenant Matthew Goodall
Leftenant Paul Kimlin
Leftenant Jonathon King
Leading Seaman Scott Bennett
Leftenant Matthew Davey
Petty Officer Stephen Slattery
Squadron Leader Paul McCarthy
Flight Leftenant Lyn Rowbottom
Sergeant Wendy Jones

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them.

We shall remember them.

HotelBushranger
04-04-2005, 06:33 AM
On Saturday at roughly 5:30pm, a Royal Australian Navy Seaking helicopter based off HMAS Kanimbla crashed whilst on and aid mission on the Indonesian island of Nias. Out of the crew of 11 onboard, 9 died while 2 are currently in hospital. 7 men and 2 women and Australian servicemen died.

Out of the passenger crew, 5 were from the Navy, 3 from the Royal Australian Air Force, and 1 from the Army. Both pilots were killed, hopefully on impact, as soon after the crash the helicopter burst into flames. A man from the Amandraya village, where the Seahawk was landing, pulled free one of the two survivors. Both are onboard the HMAS Kanimbla.

Perhaps the worst thing is that they were supposed to be safe, back home in Australia. They were already en route back, but were called back, diverted to Nias following the most recent earthquake there.

These men and women died in the most selfless acts, helping others in disastrous times, giving their own lives so that others may live. My thoughts and my heart go out to the families of those killed; may they have the support they need through this time.

Rest In Peace
Leftenant Matthew Goodall
Leftenant Paul Kimlin
Leftenant Jonathon King
Leading Seaman Scott Bennett
Leftenant Matthew Davey
Petty Officer Stephen Slattery
Squadron Leader Paul McCarthy
Flight Leftenant Lyn Rowbottom
Sergeant Wendy Jones

http://img65.exs.cx/img65/6789/4997051lo5yh.jpg

http://img65.exs.cx/img65/6210/997058lo2tc.jpg

http://img45.exs.cx/img45/2327/997130lo7kt.jpg

http://img65.exs.cx/img65/3774/997075lo8us.jpg



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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them.

We shall remember them.

EnGaurde
04-04-2005, 08:21 AM
Amen.

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Flakenstien
04-04-2005, 08:43 AM
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My thoughts and prayers are with them and thier families.

Thanks for the post!
~S~

Aero_Shodanjo
04-04-2005, 10:03 AM
They were on a noble mission. Saving lifes of my countrymen on the island. My condolescence for this tragedy http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

And also for a spanish sailor who died in an accident on Aceh's offshore. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

We will never forget.

Yimmy
04-04-2005, 11:19 AM
Its about time the Australian government replaced their old Sea Kings.

VW-IceFire
04-04-2005, 11:37 AM
Yet another tragedy. I see Australia is just like Canada in that they have yet to replace the aging Sea King helicopters. There's been a bunch of problems including one that crashed on takeoff...from I think it was the HMCS Iroquois. Time for a replacement.

HotelBushranger
04-05-2005, 01:28 AM
Yes, the Sea King fleet has been grounded, and is under intense investigation. If anything good can come out of this tragedy, perhaps it is that they will listen and replace them sooner rather than later.

EnGaurde
04-05-2005, 01:52 AM
what gets me, which may be misunderstood by some, is that we gave $1,000,000,000 in aid to Indonesia for their earthquake relief.

obviously the money / resources are there.

but we fly 30 yr old helos.... and dont even get me started on that stupid stupid stupid decision to buy the ridiculously limited version of the JSF, constantly delayed. What a facken CROCK.

we have a vietnam era strike bomber, effective no doubt but so very old.

20 yr old f18s.

its just ludicrous that we can be so generous externally and so miserly internally.

more will die, needlessly due to failures in equipment not detected. That helo had a fire in the cockpit some time ago, and some tail rotor failures causing groundings before that.

the writing is on the wall. Facken agenda driven politicians, the safety of the servicemen and women is not important enough to limit the age of military equipment. But the rhetoric spews forth so hypocritically when theres a chance to seem compassionate.

like so many times, you lament deaths you could have saved if you'd acted on advice coming from the military.

god fark that makes me teeth grindingly angry.

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strewth
04-05-2005, 02:22 AM
Yes, we are trying to console and support a close friend who lost their partner in this accident. My wishes go out to all the families of the others who perished in this tradgedy.

I shall not even enter into a discussion on our hypocritical government as I might say something that I don't regret.

HotelBushranger
04-05-2005, 03:11 AM
That b@stard John Howard, openly sends his condolensces to the families, yet still continues to work our servicepeople with old dilapitated machines. You'd think that when a goverment spends more on a year than education, you would expect more than 20-30 year old aircraft. Makes me sick with fury knowing that these deaths should not have happened.

John Howard, listen to the people that know, and do something about this disgusting situation. We don't want our aircraft falling apart around us, and certainly I do not want to hear of another accident, or the blood is on your hands.