Aircraft incident at RAAF Base East Sale
18 May 2011
At approximately 3.15pm today, a single Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) PC-9/A aircraft experienced a suspected engine failure and crashed at RAAF Base East Sale Victoria.
The two crew members of the aircraft ejected safely, in accordance with well-practiced emergency response procedures.
Following a swift search and rescue response by base emergency personnel, the crew members were assessed by medics at the scene as being stable and are now being transferred to hospital.
Defence has notified the next of kin and will provide any and all support necessary to the crew and their families.
As a precaution, all RAAF PC-9A flying operations have been temporarily suspended, while the cause of the incident is fully investigated.
The safety of all Defence personnel is the highest priority and the RAAF has in place comprehensive emergency response procedures which were activated during the incident.
No further information is available at this time.
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