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New Zealand evaluates cost of NH90 lightning strike

11th October 2013 - 10:36 GMT | by Jonathan Tringham in London


The cost of repairing a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) NH90 tactical transport helicopter (TTH) that was struck by lightning is likely to run into the ‘millions’, it has emerged.

The new twin-engined air force helicopter was struck by lightning on 22 August, about four nautical miles northeast of the Ohakea air base.

In a statement, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) revealed all four main rotor blades and tail rotor were badly damaged during the strike, with several other structural parts needing replacement or repair. None of the crew was injured during the incident, and the helicopter landed

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Jonathan Tringham


Jonathan Tringham

Jonathan Tringham is a former Shephard staff reporter based in the UK. Jonathan worked in …

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