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Australia suspends PC-9 operations after crash

The crew of a Royal Australian Air Force Pilatus PC-9/A trainer ejected safely after the aircraft suffered suspected engine failure.

Following the incident at the RAAF base in East Sale, Victoria, all RAAF PC-9A flights have been suspended pending an investigation.

Emergency response personnel reached both downed crew members swiftly, the RAAF said. They were in a stable condition and were transferred to hospital.

In October 2009, an Irish Air Corps PC-9 was lost owing to a controlled flight into terrain event, killing the crew. A subsequent investigation identified no defects in the aircraft.

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