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Memorial commemorates personnel on a Navy Sea King helicopter that was flying to deliver aid to the earthquake-affected island of Nias in Indonesia when it crashed, killing nine of the eleven aboard.

The 2005 Nias Island Sea King crash was the crash of a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Westland WS-61 Sea King helicopter of 817 Squadron RAN on 2 April 2005 with 11 personnel on board. The accident occurred while the helicopter was making its approach to land on a sports field located near the village of Tuindrao in the region of Amandraya on the Indonesian island of Nias.  Defence Force personnel had been providing humanitarian support to the people of the earthquake-devastated region.

Nine personnel died in the accident, including six members of the RAN and three members of the Royal Australian Air Force. Two personnel survived the crash: a Navy Leading Seaman and an Air Force Leading Aircraftman.


Address:Constitution Avenue, Russell Offices, Department of Defence, Russell, 2600
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.297065
Long: 149.152463
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster


Front Inscription

This memorial and enclosed ashes commemorate the nine Navy and Air Force members who perished on 2 April 2005 when their Navy Sea King helicopter crashed on the island of Nias, West Sumatra. The flight crew and medical personnel were providing humanitarian aid  as part of Operation Sumatra Assist 11 following the Nias earthquake.

                    We will remember them. 
Source: MA
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