Three members of the Royal Australian Navy were rescued with minor injuries after a helicopter was dumped in the Philippine Sea.
The Navy’s MH-60R Seahawk fleet landed after an emergency landing on Wednesday night when the helicopter was in trouble.
Three crew members were slightly injured and rescued by a boat dispatched from HMAS Brisbane.
Defense Minister Peter Dutton said investigations were underway on what went wrong.
“I was in trouble. I still don’t know what went wrong, but most importantly, the crew were rescued … and they were returned to the ship about 20 minutes later,” he told 2GB radio on Thursday. Told.
“I was notified to my family because of a minor injury, but I think it emphasizes the difficult and dangerous tasks of Australian Defense Force men and women.”
Maj. Gen. Mark Hammond, commander of the Australian Fleet, confirmed that the MH-60R Seahawk Fleet was temporarily grounded during the investigation.
“Because the crew is safe, investigating the circumstances that led to the landing of the helicopter is a priority at this time,” he said in a statement.
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