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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180312
Last updated: 10 April 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PUMA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Westland Puma HC.2 (SA 330E)
Owner/operator:Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: XW229
C/n / msn: 1185
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kabul -   Afghanistan
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
While landing at the NATO's Resolute Support mission HQ in Kabul, the helicopter crashed. Two UK RAF servicemen, two US servicemen and one French civilian contractor died in the crash. The helicopter collided with cable of a tethered surveillance balloon/Aerostat. The aircraft was not fitted with a WSPS causing a TR Drive Shaft Failure. The helicopter was part of Operation Toral, supporting Operation Resolute Support, the NATO train, advise and assist mission in Afghanistan.




Photo of XW229 courtesy

Helsinki - Vantaa (EFHK / HEL)
25 March 2006; (c) Pertti Sipilš

Revision history:

12-Oct-2015 04:02 StreetF117 Added
12-Oct-2015 09:06 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Damage]
12-Oct-2015 16:37 gerard57 Updated [Narrative]
12-Oct-2015 17:17 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
12-Oct-2015 19:45 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
17-Oct-2015 06:56 Anon. Updated [Registration, Photo, ]
17-Oct-2015 15:54 Aerossurance Updated [Cn, Source]
13-Jun-2016 21:03 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Aug-2016 06:23 Anon. Updated [Total occupants]
07-Dec-2016 17:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2016 17:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport]
16-Dec-2016 10:20 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
16-Dec-2016 13:28 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
06-Mar-2017 14:25 TB Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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