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Last updated: 12 November 2020
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Date:19-JUL-2020
Time:c. 14:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic NH90 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
NHIndustries NH90 NFH
Owner/operator:Royal Netherlands Air Force
Registration: N-324
C/n / msn: 1324/NNLN17
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:about 12 km off Aruba -   Aruba
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Zr. Ms. Groningen (P843)
Destination airport:Zr. Ms. Groningen (P843)
Narrative:
An NH90 NFH helicopter of the Royal Netherlands Air Force crashed into sea, about 12km off Aruba, killing a pilot and a tactical coordinator. Two other crew members were rescued.
The helicopter was stationed on the offshore patrol vessel Zr. Ms. Groningen (P843) of the Royal Netherlands Navy, which is based at Curaçao and it was engaged in a patrol mission over the Caribbean.
The helicopter had floated inverted but subsequently sank when the two forward Emergency Flotation System bags deflated.
Preliminary investigation results have shown that the July 19 crash of a Dutch Defence helicopter near Aruba did not involve a technical failure, the Defence Safety Inspection IVD announced in August 2020.

Sources:

https://www.rtlnieuws.nl/nieuws/nederland/artikel/5172274/ongeluk-helikopter-ministerie-van-defensie-nederland
https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/1057651291/helikopter-defensie-neergestort-bij-aruba-twee-doden
https://curacao.nu/neergestorten-helikopter-defensie/
https://marineschepen.nl/nieuws/NH-90-helikopter-Zr-Ms-Groningen-neergestort-200720.html
https://www.defensie.nl/actueel/nieuws/2020/07/20/vliegprogramma-nh90-helikopters-opgeschort
https://nltimes.nl/2020/07/20/defense-nh90-helicopters-grounded-fatal-accident
https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/crashed-dutch-helicopter-sinks
https://www.ivd.nl/actueel/nieuws/2020/08/03/index-technisch-nh90
https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/no-technical-failure-in-helicopter-crash

http://denhelderaviationphotos.weebly.com/uploads/2/5/3/0/25302800/4294192_orig.jpg (photo)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HNLMS_Groningen_(P843)
https://twitter.com/PCazador2021/status/1285057098510929920

Media:


Images:

Photo of N-324 courtesy AirHistory.net


Den Helder - De Kooy (EHKD / DHR)
16 September 2017; (c) Michiel van Herten

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Jul-2020 03:10 RobertMB Added
20-Jul-2020 03:33 RobertMB Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jul-2020 05:46 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source]
20-Jul-2020 05:58 harro Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
20-Jul-2020 06:12 harro Updated [Location]
20-Jul-2020 06:26 Leroy Updated [Registration, Cn]
20-Jul-2020 06:26 harro Updated [Registration, Source, Narrative]
20-Jul-2020 06:32 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Jul-2020 07:42 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-Jul-2020 12:31 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Jul-2020 12:33 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
20-Jul-2020 17:39 RobertMB Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
20-Jul-2020 17:43 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
21-Jul-2020 06:34 Anon. Updated [Embed code]
27-Jul-2020 08:07 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
10-Aug-2020 21:27 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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