Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Civilian contract aircrew fatalities in Afghanistan

The following is an estimate of civilian contract air crew fatalities in Afghanistan since 2004.

12 October 2010: a L-100 Hercules aircraft contracted from TransAfrik crashed in a mountain crevice near Kabul on a flight from Bagram killing 6 Filipino, 1 Indian and 1 Kenyan crew. Click here for details.

23 November 2009: A Mi-8 helicopter under contract from Air Freight Aviation (UAE) to NATO forces crashed in eastern Logar province.Three Ukrainian crew members were killed in the crash. 

19 July 2009: A Mi-8 helicopter under contract from Vertikal-T (Russia) to NATO forces crashed at Kandahar air base, killing 16 passengers and crew on board.

14 July 2009: A Mi-26 helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, killing the six Ukrainian crew members. The aircraft belonged to Pectox-Air (Moldova).

3 December 2006: A Mi-26 helicopter under contract from Vertikal-T (Russia) to US security firm  Dyncorp, crashed in Afghanistan, killing eight Russian crew.

27 July 2006: A chartered Mi-8 helicopter with 16 passengers and crew crashed en route from Khost to Kabul, killing all on board including two Dutch ISAF soldiers.

24 April 2006: An An-26 leased by the US State Department and carrying US DEA agents crashed on landing at Bost airport in Lashkar Gah, killing the two Ukrainian pilots.

11 November 2005: A Georgian registered IL-76 operated by Pakistan's Royal Airlines carrying food for coalition troops crashed near Khak-e-Shahidan village, about 30 kilometres northwest of Kabul, killing all 8 crew members (5 Russians, 2 Ukrainians and 1 Pakistani).

27 November 2004: A US Registered CASA 212 contracted by the US Department of Defense to supply American forces deployed in remote areas of Afghanistan crashed into a mountain between Bagram and Farah. Six crew members were killed.

22 February 2004: a AB-212 helicopter crashed after coming under fire 65 kilometres south-west of Kandahar city. Pilot Mark Burdorf was killed.

Monday, November 22, 2010

British PMC, Mark Fitzpatrick

British private military contractor, Mark Fitzpatrick, aged 34, was killed on 20th November 2010 by an explosion while he was disposing of ammunition in Parwan province.

He had been working for DynCorp International, an American company, clearing mines and other explosive devices left over from previous wars.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Netherlands Military Fatalities in Afghanistan

Dutch military personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2002

Date Name Rank Age Unit Cause

16-Nov Dur, AHM (Fons) Doctor 56 Not reported yet Illness
22-May Janzen, Luc Corporal 1st 25 42 Armoured Infantry IED attack
17-Apr Houweling, Jeroen Corporal 29 1st Marine Corps Hostile fire
17-Apr Harders, Marc Marine 23 1st Marine Corps Hostile fire

07-Sep Leijsen, Mark Sergeant Mjr 44 101 Engineer Battalion IED attack
06-Sep van de Rijdt, Kevin Corporal 26 Commander Corps Hostile fire
05-Apr Chadli, Azdin PFC 20 42 Armoured Infantry RPG attack

19-Dec Weijdt, Mark Sergeant 24 12 Airmobile Infantry IED attack
07-Sep ten Brinke, Jos Private 1st 21 41 Armoured Infantry IED attack
18-Apr Schouwink, Mark PFC 22 45 Armoured Infantry IED attack
18-Apr van Uhm, Dennis Lieutenant 23 45 Armoured Infantry IED attack
12-Jan Poortema, Aldert Corporal 22 44 Armoured Infantry Friendly fire
12-Jan Schol, Wesley Private 1st 20 44 Armoured Infantry Friendly fire

03-Nov Groen, Ronald Corporal 1st 21 43 Mechanised Reconn. IED attack
20-Sep Hoogland, Tim Private 1st 20 13 Infantry Airmobile Hostile fire
26-Aug Rosier, Martijn Sergeant 1st 30 111 Mech. Engineers IED attack
10-Jul Krist, Tom Lieutenant 24 42 Infantry Battalion Suicide bomb
18-Jun Leunissen, Jos Sergeant Mjr 44 11 Airmobile Brigade Hostile fire
15-Jun Smeehuijzen, Timo Private 1st 20 42nd Battalion Hostile fire
20-Apr Strik, Cor Corporal 21 11 Airmobile Brigade Land mine
06-Apr Donkers, Robert Sergeant 1st 33 Not reported yet Accident

11-Oct Dijkstra Sergeant
Not reported yet Suicide
31-Aug Donkervoort, Michael Captain 29 313-Squadron Plane crash
26-Jul van Twist, Jan Lt Colonel 47 Legal Adviser Plane crash
26-Jul van Boxtel, Bart Sergeant 29 11th Airmobile Infantry Plane crash

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

British Guardsman, Christopher Davies, killed in gun battle

Christopher Davies
Guardsman Christopher Davies, from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, serving with Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North), was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday 17 November 2010.

Guardsman Davies was killed while taking part in a security patrol in Nahr-e Saraj (North), Helmand province. As he was conducting a partnered operation with the Afghan National Army to the east of Patrol Base Hazrat, Guardsman Davies was hit by small arms fire.

Guardsman Davies, aged 22, was born and raised in St Helens, Merseyside. On completion of recruit training, he joined the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in Aldershot in January 2009.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dutch surgeon dies in Afghanistan

On 16th November 2010, Doctor AHM (Fons) Dur died of a suspected heart attack. Dur, a surgeon, was in Afghanistan as part of a surgical team that worked in the Role 2 hospital in Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan.  
Since 1994, he had worked at the Red Cross Hospital (RKZ) in the Kennemerland region of Holland.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Danish soldier, Jørgen Randrup killed by bomb

Danish soldier, Jørgen Randrup, age 27, of the Royal Guard, was killed by a roadside bomb in the area east of Gereshk in Afghanistan, on November 14, 2010.

Jorgen Randrup
Jørgen Randrup joined the Danish Army in 2003 and had previously been deployed to Kosovo in 2005 and Afghanistan in 2007.

He is survived by his mother, father, sister and girlfriend.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

British ranger, Aaron McCormick killed by IED

Aaron McCormick
Ranger Aaron McCormick, from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, serving as part of Combined Force Nad 'Ali (South), was killed in Helmand, southern Afghanistan, on Sunday 14 November 2010.

Ranger McCormick had been helping to clear an area of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during a security patrol in Nad 'Ali when he was killed in an explosion.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

British airman, Scott Hughes

Scott Hughes
Senior Aircraftman Scott 'Scotty' Hughes, serving with Number 1 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, died in Cyprus on Sunday 7 November 2010 following injuries sustained in an accident.

Senior Aircraftman (SAC) Hughes was returning from operations in Afghanistan and died from injuries suffered in a boating accident that took place on Friday 5 November as his unit was undertaking decompression activities. He was due to return home to the UK the following day. 

While swimming in the sea he was struck by a power boat operated by the Military Training Wing, British Forces Cyprus. An investigation into the accident is taking place.