Update on crashed MRH-90 recovery

OFFICIAL DEFENCE UPDATE: Tuesday, 8 August 2023 – 16:23pm

Defence continues the recovery operation of the MRH-90 Taipan helicopter which impacted waters near Lindeman Island on 28 July 2023.

CAPTION: Queensland Police Service assist Royal Australian Navy Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Group alongside Australian Defence Vessel Reliant, during the MRH-90 Taipan recovery in the Whitsunday Islands. Photo by Corporal Lisa Sherman.

The recovery remains a complicated and difficult operation.

On Monday 7 August, a Royal Australian Navy dive team recovered the Voice and Flight Data Recorder (VFDR), also known as the ‘black box’, from the wreckage.

Army is continuing to support the families of the aircrew – Captain Danniel Lyon, Lieutenant Maxwell Nugent, Warrant Officer Class Two Joseph Laycock and Corporal Alexander Naggs.

Defence’s priority remains the recovery of our soldiers and returning them to their families.

Defence remains in close contact with the families and is updating them on the operation as new details become available.

The Queensland Coroner has released the recovered wreckage, including the VFDR, to Defence to support the Defence Flight Safety Bureau investigation into the accident.

Defence appreciates the support of the public in understanding the need to withhold some details of the ongoing recovery out of respect for the families and the impacted Defence community.



  • The Defence Member and Family Helpline is the first point of call for Defence members and families seeking support, information or connection with their community. They can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 624 608.
  • Open Arms veterans and families counselling provides free and confidential counselling and support for current and former serving ADF members and their families. They can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 011 046 or visit the Open Arms website for more information.





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