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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Australia Recovering Black Hawk From Depths

An Australian recovery ship is in the process of recovering an Australian Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in 9,900 ft (3,000 m) of water near the Fiji Island in November 2006. It took the U.S. Navy a little over 24 hr to locate the Black Hawk with a remotely operated vehicle, the Cury 3. The recovery operation included an 11-person defense force team plus several U.S. Navy experts. It may take another 2-3 days to recover the helicopter. The helicopter was intact and inverted. The pilot, Capt. Mark Bingley, and two soldiers died when the helicopter crashed during an attempted landing on the amphibious ship HMAS Kanimbla  Eight other aircrew and five Special Air Service soldiers escaped before the helicopter turned over and sank. For related news

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