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"Culture" of Maintenance Shortcuts Cited in Australian Sea King Crash

By James T. McKenna | June 25, 2007

An "embedded culture" of shortcuts in maintenance practices in the Royal Australian Navy, combined with failures among commanders and other defense organizations, led to the April 2, 2005 crash of a Sea King that killed nine people, according to The Jakarta Post. Quoting the findings of an official Australian inquiry, the newspaper reported the direct cause of the crash was an incorrectly installed nut in the flight controls that vibrated loose in flight and left the Sikorsky Aircraft helicopter uncontrollable. The inquiry reportedly found no fault with the flight crew. The paper said the Australian Defense Force has begun disciplinary action against an undisclosed number of senior and junior personnel “after the investigation found a litany of bad maintenance and management practices in the navy.” For related news

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