Following a crash, Australia has grounded its MRH-90 helicopter fleet.

According to Australia’s army leader, the military is halting a fleet of military helicopters following a mishap that left four crew members missing.

Lt Gen Simon Stuart stated that the army’s 45 MRH-90 Taipan helicopters will not be flown again until they were determined to be safe.

On Friday night, the disaster occurred during a US-Australia military exercise off the coast of Lindeman Island.

Previously, Australia grounded its Taipans for safety reasons.

“We are not flying the MRH-90 today and will not fly it until we believe it is safe,” Gen Stuart told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.

The crash occurred around 22:30 local time (12:30 GMT) on Friday over the Whitsundays, a collection of islands off the coast of Queensland.

The missing soldiers on the plane have been confirmed as members of the Sixth Aviation Regiment, stationed in Sydney.

The helicopter crashed during Exercise Talisman Sabre, Australia’s largest bilateral military training exercise with the United States.

Prior to the incident, Canberra stated that it will replace its aging European-made Taipan helicopters with US-made Black Hawks.

Officials had grumbled about having to halt the fleet regularly for maintenance and safety reasons.

The fleet was evacuated after one of the helicopters experienced engine failure during a training exercise in March, causing the crew to dive into the water off the coast of New South Wales.

There were no injuries, and the remaining MRH-90s were reinstated to service on April 6 with “risk mitigations.”

The present goal, according to Gen Stuart, is to maintain the Taipans in service until 2024, but “what happens between now and then, based on what we learn from this incident, is yet to be determined.”

The tragic disaster, according to Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, is a sobering reminder that “there are no safe or easy days for those who serve in our country’s name.”

Speaking in the northern city of Townsville, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the US will provide whatever support it could.

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