Aid worker charged over Indonesia helicopter crash

Submitted by jcravens42 on December 17, 2008 - 12:50pm.

A Melbourne, Australia aid worker faces up to seven years' jail after being charged with placing butane gas cylinders on board the Navy Sea King helicopter, which crashed in Indonesia in 2005. The aircraft had been providing humanitarian aid to victims of the Nias earthquake.

Francis John Tyler, 43, of Hawthorn East appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday, after the Australian Federal Police raided his home. He was charged with one count of breaching aviation laws by carrying or placing the highly flammable canisters on the helicopter.

He has been bailed to reappear in Court in March.

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