The Australian Army’s fleet of Tiger
Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters (ARH) has been suspended again from flying
operations as a safety precaution.
The suspension was put in place following the precautionary landing of a helicopter at the Shoalwater Bay training area on 25 June after the aircraft’s two-man crew detected fumes in the cockpit.
There was a similar incident in mid-May when a pilot detected fumes in his plane.
As a precaution, the Army's operational fleet of 19 Tigers was grounded while tests were conducted to detect the source of these fumes.
That suspension was lifted on May 28.
In the latest incident, the aircraft landed safely with no injuries to the crew or further damage to the aircraft.
Defence is again investigating the cause of the fumes.
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