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    NEWS | NH Industries NH90 NFH in Marine Luchtvaartdienst
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    Dutch NH90 Crashed in the Caribbean


    A Royal Netherlands Navy NH90 NFH helicopter attached to the Zr Ms Groningen (P843) patrol vessel in the Carribean crashed off the coast of Aruba killing 2 of the 4 onboard. It is the first accident of a Dutch NH90 which have 20 in service

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    Dutch NH90 Crashed in the Caribbean


    Netherlands Ministry of Defence, July 20, 2020 - In a crash with an NH90 maritime helicopter, 2 of the 4 crew members died.

    These are 34-year-old aviator Christine Martens and 33-year-old tactical coordinator Erwin Warnies. Both have the rank of lieutenant 2nd class. The helicopter hit the water in the Caribbean Sea near Aruba at the end of a coastguard patrol on Sunday.

    Commander of the Armed Forces Lieutenant Admiral Rob Bauer announced this during a press conference in The Hague. The families of the killed sailors had already been informed by Defense at that time.

    The 2 other crew members have no serious physical injuries.

    The NH90 was part of the patrol vessel Zr.Ms. Groningen. A Coast Guard Helicopter and Defense Dive Team Support Zr.Ms. Groningen to secure the NH90. The flight recorder (black box) in particular has priority.

    It is expected that the Defense Security Inspectorate will conduct an investigation.

    As a precaution, the NH90 fleet will remain on the ground for the time being announced the Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld-Schouten.

    The armed forces have 20 NH90 helicopters. It is the first time that an accident has happened with this type of aircraft in Dutch service.

    Crashed NH90 helicopter found


    Netherlands Ministry of Defence - August 10, 2020 - The NH90 maritime attack helicopter that disappeared into the sea in the Caribbean on July 19 was found yesterday. In the crash, 2 crew members were killed.

    A public-private partnership, the Maritime Capacity Alliance , mapped out the position of the aircraft. The aircraft appears to be divided into 2 parts. 1 piece is located at the spot where the plane crashed into the sea, about 12 kilometers off the coast of Aruba. The other part has been found about 100 kilometers away.

    Defense has investigated whether the remains can be recovered.

    Aircraft mentioned in this article :
    NH Industries NH90 NFH N-324     ( Marine Luchtvaartdienst )

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    NH Industries NH90 NFH in Marine Luchtvaartdienst
    vsq 860 Marine Luchtvaartdienst     Royal Netherlands Navy
    --Helicopters Accident Reports
    Zr. Ms. Groningen ( P843, Holland class (OPV) )
    Reina Beatrix International Airport

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