25 April 2010
STATEMENT FROM CHIEF OF AIR FORCE, AIR VICE-MARSHAL GRAHAM LINTOTT
“It is with deep and heartfelt regret that today I have learned of the tragic death and injury of personnel from the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
We have had to inform families of the worst news anyone can hear about their loved ones.
My thoughts and the thoughts of all Royal New Zealand Air Force and Defence Force Personnel here and around the world are with the families as they try and cope with the terrible news.
Today we remember those who lost their lives doing their duty at Gallipoli ninety five years ago, and now we must add the names of three more who have lost their lives in the service of their country.
They were all too young, and all with bright futures to look forward to, and now we mourn their loss as we support their loved ones, friends and colleagues.
Today we have lost:
FLTLT HAYDEN PETER (Muddy) MADSEN, Pilot,
FGOFF DANIEL STEPHEN (Dan) GREGORY, Co-Pilot and
CPL BENJAMIN ANDREW (Ben) CARSON, Helicopter Crewman.
Another Helicopter crewman is injured and being treated in hospital. The Acting Chief of Defence Force, Rear Admiral Jack Steer, has visited the injured crewman at the hospital and we have our staff with him.
I am immensely proud of our young flyers and all those in the Air Force family. Our family is strong and close and we will feel this loss keenly.
It is too early to speculate what happened on the early morning flight. While on transit from Ohakea Air Force Base to Wellington to take part in the commemoration of Anzac day an Iroquois helicopter from No. 3 SQN, which was in the company of two other helicopters, crashed.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation and this will be thorough and professional.
But for today I would like to ask you all to join with the Air Force family in wishing the crewman a speedy recovery while remembering three wonderful young New Zealanders who this country can be truly proud of.
I know I am.”
For more information please contact:
Kavae Tamariki, Defence Communications Group on 021 420 899.
FLIGHT LIEUTENTANT HAYDEN (MUDDY) PETER MADSEN, Pilot
Born 26 January 1977 (33 years)
Enlisted in the RNZAF on 9 January 1996 as an Aircraft Technician and served until 31 Dec 01.
Re-enlisted two years later as a pilot trainee.
Graduated from 03/07 IOTC as Pilot Officer and posted to 04/1 Wings Course in Jan 04.
Posted to No 3 Squadron on 27 May 05.
Was promoted to Flight Lieutenant 3 Sep 07.
Operational deployment with No 3 Squadron to East Timor in 2008.
Attached as a pilot with No.3 Squadron on the UH-1H Iroquois
Honours and Awards:
NEW ZEALAND GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (TIMOR-LESTE) 23 Feb 2008 23 Feb 2008
NEW ZEALAND OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL 31 Jan 2008 31 Jan 2008
FLYING OFFICER DANIEL (Dan) STEPHEN GREGORY, Pilot
Born 29 Sep1981 (28 years)
Enlisted in the NZ Army 01 Sep 1999 as a Rifleman serving with 2/1 RNZIR.
Operational deployments with NZ Army include Tinor Leste (Nov 01 – May 02) and Afghanistan (Apr 04 – Sep 04).
Promoted to Lance Corporal 13 Dec 04.
Trade change to Electronic Technician (RNZALR) 01 Mar 05.
Commenced Initial Officer Training Course as an Officer Cadet with the RNZAF on 04 Sep 06.
Graduated from 06/02 IOTC as a Pilot Officer and posted to 07/1 Wings Course on 7 Dec 06.
Posted to No.3 Squadron on 4 Jul 08 following graduation from Wings Course.
Attached as a pilot with No.3 Squadron on the UH-1H Iroquois.
Honours and Awards:
EAST TIMOR MEDAL 24 Nov 2001 2 May 2002
NEW ZEALAND OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL 12 Jun 2002 12 Jun 2002
NZ GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (AFGHANISTAN) - PRIMARY OP AREA 21 Apr 2004 26 May 2004
UNITED NATIONS MEDAL - UN TRANSITIONAL ADMIN IN EAST TIMOR 20 Feb 2002 25 Apr 2002
CORPORAL BENJAMIN (BEN) ANDREW CARSON, Helicopter Crewman
Born 09 May 1984 (25 years)
Enlisted in the RNZAF 20 May 03 as an Aircraft Mechanic.
On graduation from Basic and Trade training was posted to Ohakea, initially as an Aircraft Mechanic, then later as an Aircraft Technician serving at Maintenance Support Squadron and No.3 Squadron.
Served operationally with No. 3 Squadron in Timor Leste (Oct 07 – Jan 08) as an Aircraft Technician.
CPL Carson was selected for Helicopter Crewman training, commencing 10 Feb 09.
Was awarded Helicopter Crewman brevet on 07 Aug 09, attached as a Helicopter Crewman with No.3 Squadron on the UH-1H Iroquois.
Honours and Awards:
NEW ZEALAND GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL (TIMOR-LESTE) 24 Nov 2007 24 Nov 2007
NEW ZEALAND OPERATIONAL SERVICE MEDAL 24 Nov 2007 24 Nov 2007