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Sea King Helicopter Crash, Nias Island, 2005

On 2 April 2005, a Royal Australian Navy Sea King helicopter crashed on Nias Island in Indonesia, killing 9 of the 11 personnel on board. The victims had spent the day providing humanitarian support to the people of the Amandraya region following a devastating earthquake.

The victims’ bodies were returned to Australia on 5 April 2005, and a thanksgiving service was held ten days later in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra. A Service funeral was also held for each of the deceased.

A Board of Inquiry established that the crash was caused by a failure in the helicopter’s flight control system, leading to systemic errors. There was also evidence of poor aircraft maintenance as well as design flaws in the seating, restraint systems and cabin area.
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Junior Legatees Courtney, 10, and
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The ADF Board of Inquiry
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A National Memorial service for
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Group portrait of family members
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Picture shows Laura Ryan, partner
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Laura Ryan, partner of Lieutenant
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Lieutenant Amy Hudson, left, walks
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A commemoration ceremony was held
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A commemoration ceremony was held
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Picture shows the repatriation of
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A relative grieves as she
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Peter Cosgrove, chief of the
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Peter Cosgrove, chief of the
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Peter Cosgrove, chief of the
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Naval personnel, family and friends
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Naval personnel, family and friends
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Governor General Michael Jeffery presents
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Governor General Michael Jeffery presents
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Governor General Michael Jeffery presents
Governor General Michael Jeffery presents
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Governor General Michael Jeffery presents
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