Military helicopter crash blamed on failure to apply software patch


An Australian military helicopter crash was reportedly caused by failure to apply a software patch, with a heft side serving of pilot error.

The helicopter in question is an MRH-90 Taipan operated by the Australian Army and was engaged in what’s been described as “a routine counter-terrorism training activity” on March 23rd when it ditched just off a beach in the State of New South Wales.

All ten Australian Defence Force personnel aboard the helicopter were accounted for, with two experiencing what the Department of Defence described as “minor injuries”.

Australia grounded its 47-strong Taipan fleet while authorities investigated the incident.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) today reported the likely cause of the incident was failure to apply a software patch to the ‘copter.

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