Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Released by Defence Media Centre

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.

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