Military

Sea Kings Prepared to Return to Service

By Staff Writer | October 19, 2007

The Royal Australian Navy is prepared to return its fleet of six Westland Sea Kings to service after its grounding September 28. The grounding had been the result of a fault in the tail rotor control assembly noticed shortly after take-off of a routine maintenance flight. It was the second time the aircraft had been grounded in the aftermath of a crash off the coast of Indonesia in April 2005. An investigation into that crash had determined that a loose nut and split pin were incorrectly fitted which led to the accident. The navy said the recent suspension was a precautionary measure. For related news

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