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Australian aid worker faces court over Sea King crash

8th January 2009 - 10:52 GMT | by in Canberra


An Australian aid worker faces a potential prison term for allegedly placing butane gas cylinders aboard a Royal Australian Navy Sea King helicopter – N16-100 - that crashed 2 April 2005 on the island of Nias, Indonesia, while supporting tsunami relief operations.

The accident killed nine Australian defence force personnel and seriously injured two others. Francis John Tyler, 43, of the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn East was formally charged in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 16 December with having breached Australian aviation safety laws by allegedly putting butane canisters on the aircraft as part of a relief supplies package.


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