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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 73358
Last updated: 23 July 2021
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Date:12-JUN-1996
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic H60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky S-70A-9 (CH-60)
Owner/operator:Australian Army, 5th Aviation Regiment
Registration: A25-113
MSN: 701178
Fatalities:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Other fatalities:6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:55 km W of Townsville, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed after in-flight collision at night with A25-209 near Rollingstone.

The Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment and Army Aviation Corps were carrying out a night-time counter-terrorism training operation when the first two aircraft in a 6 ship formation collided. Post crash fire.

A witness said: "I saw number 1 going under my nose upside down. I watched number 2's tail removed by the rotor blade contact and I basically, as I was trying to get up and over the top of them, I watched him the whole way to his impact. Because he's just lost his tail rotor and he basically spun two or three times prior to contacting the ground."

Sources:

scramble.nl
adf-serials
http://web.archive.org/web/20170212231402/http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/s72779.htm
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-11/survivor-remembers-1996-black-hawk-tragedy/7497914


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Mar-2010 13:12 TB Added
07-Mar-2010 01:29 TB Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]
12-Jun-2016 15:23 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]
12-Jun-2016 15:28 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]

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