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RNZAF limits NH90 helicopter operations

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3 days ago

The RNZAF is limiting NH90 helicopter flying operations as it investigates technical issues that forced an emergency landing near Blenheim.

The incident happened on Sunday and the NZ Defence Force says the move has been made in the interest of safety.

It says the limitation will prevent flights where an immediate landing will not be possible in the case of an engine-related emergency.

This includes over built-up areas, mountainous terrain or water.

The RNZAF, which has eight NH90 helicopters, is continuing to work with the engine manufacturer to resolve the issue.

The NZDF says full NH90 flying operations will resume as soon as possible.

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