22-Jan-2012 Source: HeliHub.com
The Australian Army has temporarily grounded its thirty Black Hawks after fractured bolts were found during routine maintenance.Â Â “The precautionary suspension will remain in place to allow an investigation into the cause of the fracture to be completed,” Colonel Stephen Evans (Acting Director-General of Aviation) said.
Three Black Hawks currently operating for in East Timor are still authorised to be used, but only for medical evacuations for International Stabilisation Force staff.
Australian Navy Seahawk are not affected as they differ sufficiently from the Army’s Black Hawk in the affected area.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com