Update To Soldiers Wounded In Helicopter Incident

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 242/10

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Update to soldiers wounded in helicopter incident

The medical condition of the seven Commando soldiers wounded in a helicopter

incident in southern Afghanistan yesterday morning (21 June) continues to be

monitored and assessed, with four now assessed to be in a satisfactory condition, one

listed as in a serious condition and two in a very serious condition.

Six of the seven soldiers underwent surgery yesterday.

Two of the Australian soldiers remain in intensive care.

The soldiers suffered fractures, lacerations, crush injuries and a head injury. 

A decision has not yet been made when any or all of the injured soldiers will be

moved to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany. No move will occur

before their condition and available flights allow.

Three Australian soldiers and an aircrew of the ISAF helicopter were killed when

their helicopter crashed early yesterday morning.

Seven Commandos, three aircrew and a civilian interpreter were wounded.

The cause of the helicopter crash is not known but is not believed to be the result of

insurgent action.

Planning for the repatriation of the three fallen Australian soldiers has begun however

the date for the return to Australia has not been confirmed.

Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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