By By Andrew Drweiga, International Bureau Chief | May 6, 2014
A British Army Air Corps (AAC) AgustaWestland Lynx AH9A crashed on Saturday, April 26 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, resulting in the deaths of five military personnel onboard. The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is calling it a “tragic accident” during a routine flight and has not linked the crash to hostile fire.
Three of the casualties were AAC personnel based at Royal Air Force (RAF) Odiham, Hampshire, UK, one was an RAF member based at the same location, while the fifth was an Army reservist from 3 Military Intelligence Battalion.
AAC Lynx Mk9A. Photo courtesy of AAC
RAF Odiham is home to three CH-47 Chinook Squadrons: 7, 18 (B) and 27 Squadrons. It is also the base of the AAC’s 657 Squadron, part of the 9th Regiment AAC, which operates Lynx helicopters and is part of the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing (as is the RAF’s 7 Squadron). The Military Aviation Authority (MAA) is investigating the crash.
On Dec. 17, 2013, six U.S Army soldiers were killed when their Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk crashed as a result of ground fire in Zabul, Afghanistan. Five soldiers were from the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) while the sixth was from 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
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