Sector Defence

Lessons from the Ossendrecht shooting incident Ossendrecht


On 22 March 2016 the Royal Dutch Army's Commando Corps (Korps Commandotroepen - KCT) was exercising on a  firing range at the Police Academy in Ossendrecht. During the exercise  the trainees used live ammunition and a trainee instructeur was hit several times and died. Despite the existence of a safety management system, the Ministry of Defence senior management failed at multiple levels to manage the safety of its own personnel in a professional way. Multiple safety-critical barriers failed or did not function properly.


  • Start date 4 apr. 2016
  • End date 21 jun. 2017
  • Type investigationFull
  • Status investigationClosed

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