15 Jul 2008

Pilot error blamed for Australian helicopter crash off Fiji in 2006

5:21 pm on 15 July 2008

The fatal crash of an Australian helicopter off Fiji in 2006 has been blamed on pilot error, but with a number of contributing factors.

The accident, which killed the pilot and a soldier, occurred as the aircraft was conducting exercises from the landing ship HMAS Kanimbla in international waters off Fiji.

An inquiry found there was a gradual adoption of approach profiles which on occasions exceeded the limits of the aircraft.

It says other factors include a can-do culture in their squadron, inadequate supervision, the pressures of preparing for operations, the re-location of the squadron and high operational tempo