RNZAF eases NH90 flying restrictions

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has eased flying restrictions on its fleet of eight NH90s three weeks after an engine failure resulted in one of the medium utility helicopters making an emergency landing.

A NH90 had just departed Woodburne Air Force base with nine people on board en route back to its base at Ohakea on April 16 when the crew felt a large vibration followed by a loss of power in the helicopter’s right-hand Rolls-Royce Turbomecca RTM 322-01/9 engine.

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