Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force launches inquiry into fatal MRH-90 Taipan in Brisbane

An independent inquiry into a horror crash of a Taipan army helicopter off the coast of Queensland that killed four defence personnel is starting on Tuesday in Brisbane.

The MRH-90 Taipan helicopter crashed near Lindeman Island near the Whitsundays during a night training exercise on July 28 last year, killing all four soldiers on-board.

They were Captain Danniel Lyon, Lieutenant Maxwell Nugent, Warrant Officer Class 2 Joseph Laycock and Corporal Alexander Naggs.

The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has appointed former judge Margaret McMurdo to lead the independent inquiry into the deadly training accident.

Judge McMurdo will be supported by Air Vice-Marshal Joe Iervasi and Colonel Jens Streit as the public hearing begins in the Brisbane Convention Centre on Tuesday.

The MRH-90 Taipan helicopter was being used for nocturnal training as a part of Exercise Talisman Sabre before it crashed.

Hundreds of ADF and emergency service personnel spent three months searching the waters around the Whitsunday Coast for the helicopter.

The recovery mission for the helicopter ended in November last year.

In a statement released on November 9, the ADF said “all practical wreckage and remnants” from the helicopter had been recovered.

The MRH-90 Taipans, which were due to be withdrawn by the Albanese government in December 2024, were grounded last September after the shocking crash.

More to come

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