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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216407
Last updated: 9 January 2020
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Time:22:29 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic NH90 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
NHIndustries NH90 Caïman
Owner/operator:Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre (ALAT)
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:BPC Dixmude, 130 km off Dunkirk -   France
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:BPC Dixmude
Destination airport:BPC Dixmude
The NH90 helicopter of 1er RHC crashed on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship BPC Dixmude (L9015). Four sailors on the flight deck were injured, one severely. The most seriously injured sailor was airlifted to Percy hospital of Clamart near Paris. The helicopter crew was able to escape unharmed. The aircraft sustained significant damage. The ship's flight deck was damaged. At the time of the accident there was just 10 knots wind. The accident occurred while the vessel was en route to take part in NATO exercise "Trident Juncture 18".

"The main cause of this serious accident is human", explains the Chief of Staff of the French Navy, Admiral Christophe Prazuck, in a video tweeted, quoting "the conclusions of the investigation of command". "It is the forgetting of a referral, that is to say a chain of attachment on one side of the helicopter, which held it and unbalanced at the time of takeoff", details there. "This referral should have been withdrawn well before the take-off phase and its unplanned presence has escaped several successive verifications."

Four sailors working on the flight deck of the Diabetes Projection and Command Building (BPC) were injured, one seriously, in a night-time Caiman accident off Dunkirk (north). The crew had escaped unharmed from the helicopter. A sailor "is still in the hospital, he is doing well, but he will have the after-effects of this event," says Admiral Prazuck.


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19-Oct-2018 08:27 Iceman 29 Added
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19-Oct-2018 19:41 Anon. Updated [Source]
20-Oct-2018 13:19 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]
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