A search is beneath manner for 4 crew members of an Australian military helicopter after it crashed into the water off the Queensland coast.
The MRH-90 Taipan chopper went down close to the Nice Barrier Reef at 10.30pm on Friday throughout joint army workouts with the US.
A rescue helicopter has reportedly noticed particles close to the Whitsunday Islands.
Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles informed reporters: “The helicopter was partaking in a two-helicopter mission, there have been 4 aircrew aboard. As a result of there was one other helicopter current, a search and rescue was capable of begin instantly.
“As we communicate to you now, the 4 aircrew are but to be discovered, the search and rescue continues.”
He added: “The households of the 4 aircrew have been notified of this incident and our hopes and our ideas are very a lot with the air crew and their households.
“Our hopes are very a lot with the efforts of the search and rescue crews as they go about their work proper now.”
Australia and the US are presently conducting their biennial Talisman Sabre army train alongside the Australian coast that this yr includes 13 nations and greater than 30,000 personnel.
It’s the second emergency involving an Australian Taipan this yr, after one ditched into the ocean off the New South Wales state coast in March.
That helicopter was participating in a night-time counterterrorism coaching train when it bumped into bother. All 10 passengers and crew members have been rescued.