RNLAF AH-64D crashed in Afghanistan
30 Aug 2004
On 29 August 2004, at 1530h local time a Dutch AH-64D Apache attack helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. The accident happened 20km north of Kabul on a regular patrol together with another Apache. One of the two crew members was lightly injured, the other sustained no injuries when the helicopter was put to the ground in a controlled crash. A Combat Search and Resue (CSAR) unit was scrambled from the U.S. base of Bagram, which picked up the crew and flew them to Bagram's field hospital. The crew have now returned to its unit.
The cause of the crash is unknown, but enemy fire can be ruled out. An investigation is underway.
The crashed Apache is damaged beyong repair and will be written off. The aircraft is guarded by ground forces until it can be recovered. The other Apache also landed at Bagram and returned to Kabul international airport.
The AH-64D is part of the 1(NL) HeloDet, which has been based at Kabul internation airport with six RNLAF Apaches and 135 servicemen since March 2004 as part of international stabilisation force ISAF.