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RAF Merlin damaged in training exercise

11th November 2009 - 10:10 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


An RAF Merlin has been damaged in a landing accident during pre-deployment training in California.

According to reports, the aircraft rolled over during the early hours of Monday morning while landing at Holtville airfield near El Centro where Merlin aircrews have been carrying out pre-deployment training for operations in Afghanistan.

Twelve people were onboard the aircraft at the time, understands one is still in hospital, the rest have been discharged.

An MOD spokesperson said: “An RAF Merlin helicopter was damaged after a hard landing on a training exercise at El Centro Naval Air Facility, California. The incident took place

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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