At­tack he­li­copters de­clared ‘un­safe’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

CAN­BERRA — The Aus­tralian govern­ment said on Sun­day that it would “ac­tively mon­i­tor” a sit­u­a­tion in­volv­ing its 22 Tiger at­tack he­li­copters, af­ter the maker Air­bus He­li­copters de­clared all vari­ants to be in an un­safe con­di­tion.

Af­ter a Ger­man ver­sion of the at­tack he­li­copter crashed when its blades fell off the chas­sis in Mali last month, the man­u­fac­turer re­leased a state­ment say­ing that safety was its main con­cern, and that as a re­sult, the he­li­copters were not suit­able for fly­ing.

On Sun­day, a de­fense depart­ment spokesper­son said while Aus­tralia’s fleet was still op­er­a­tional, the is­sue would be dis­cussed in the Par­lia­ment in “due course”.

News Corp news­pa­pers quoted the spokesper­son as say­ing that the govern­ment was “ac­tively mon­i­tor­ing sus­tain­ment con­tract of the Tiger he­li­copter ca­pa­bil­ity to en­sure it achieves value for money”.

Air­bus He­li­copters said they were at a loss to un­der­stand why its he­li­copters were fail­ing, but de­clared that “all Tiger ver­sions” were “un­safe” at this point in time.

“De­spite the miss­ing in­forhis ma­tion and con­sid­er­ing a sud­den fail­ure, Air­bus He­li­copters (AH) de­clares an un­safe con­di­tion for all Tiger ver­sions,” the state­ment said.

“AH can nei­ther iden­tity the part, the fail­ure of which would lead to the ac­ci­dent, nor the ori­gin of the fail­ure (de­sign, man­u­fac­tur­ing, main­te­nance).

“Con­se­quently, AH is not in a po­si­tion to pro­pose a pro­tec­tive mea­sure.”

The num­ber of Tiger at­tack he­li­copters owned by the Aus­tralian govern­ment


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