Norway is in the verge to replace its search and rescue helicopter fleet as they have served long enough. The fleet is supposed to be replaced by Leonardo Helicopters AW101. The first of its kind was delivered but suffered a significant setback as it got overturned during the ground run.
Though no injuries were reported to the two crew, the helicopter had to rest on its right-hand side without its main rotor blades. Detail on the extent of the damage was not available, but the Norwegian defence ministry has described it as a “serious incident” in local media.
The AW101 (MSN 50268) had only been handed over to the Royal Norwegian Air Force on 17 November and there are 15 more to be delivered as the fleet is scheduled to enter service in Norway in 2018.