A Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) AH-64 Apache attack helicopter has conducted an emergency landing in the outskirts of Altena, the service announced.
“Our technical service is preparing to investigate the cause”, read a statement from RNLAF’s Defense Helicopter Command (Defensie Helikopter Commando, DHC).
Een van onze #Apache #gevechtshelikopters heeft zojuist een voorzorgslanding gemaakt in het buitengebied van @gemeentealtena. Onze technische dienst is voorbereidingen aan het treffen om de oorzaak te onderzoeken. Meer informatie volgt. pic.twitter.com/rGGBJ2SkI8
— DHC Luchtmacht (@dhcluchtmacht) June 18, 2020
The RNLAF has later released a statement that the helicopter is back at its homebase of Gilze-Rijen Air Base. The Defense Helicopter Command at Gilze-Rijen Air Base consists of all helicopter units of the Armed forces of the Netherlands.
RNLAF took delivery of its first Apache helicopter in 1998. The service currently operates 28 Apaches, out of which 20 are stationed at the Gilze-Rijen Air Base in the province of Noord-Brabant (301 Squadron) while 8 are in the United States (302 Squadron) for flight instruction and training purpose.
In 2018, the U.S. State Department approved a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Netherlands of items and services to support the upgrade/remanufacture of AH-64D Block II Apache attack helicopters to the AH-64E configuration for an estimated cost of $1.191 billion.