Libya Crisis – Three Dutch soldiers and one Lynx captured

Libya Crisis – Three Dutch soldiers and one Lynx captured 4 Mar, 11, Source: HeliHub.com

The Dutch military have announced that the three of their soldiers have been captured by Libyan Government troops – the action taking place last Sunday and not broadcast until yesterday.  The Lynx was operating from the Dutch Navy ship Tromp, landing in Libya to evacuate two people who were being held against their will.  However, on landing the pilot and two marines were surprised by troops on the ground loyal to Libya’s leader Gadaffi and were themselves captured along with the helicopter.  Fortunately the two evacuees are safe and have been handed over to the local embassy in Tripoli – but then replaced by these new prisoners.  Defense Minister Hans Hillen and Chief of Defence General Peter van Uhm indicated concern about the three detained and sympathized with the uncertainty of their families.

HeliHub.com understands that the Lynx involved is serialled 277.

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