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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Australia grounds Black Hawk helicopter fleet

[UH-60M Blackhawk]"I can confirm that as a precaution all flying tasks that have been deemed to be non-essential by the Army have been suspended," an Australian Defence Force spokesman told AFP.

The move was taken after a helicopter was forced to make a precautionary landing at Kokoda on Tuesday after experiencing difficulties during a reconnaissance mission.

The four crew and four passengers on-board the helicopter, which was preparing for Wednesday's Anzac Day events involving top army officials and WWII veterans, were unhurt in the incident.

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