All concerned would like to now let the AAIU do their investigation and subsequently await their report without further speculation.
Again sincere gratitude to all
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The preliminary report suggests that some cloth material entangled in the tail rotor driveshaft caused it to fail.
Does anyone know what hospitals in the Dublin area he could have been airlifted to? I know he was taken to Drogheda but curious to know which hospitals around Dublin have a helipad.
which suggests the mater and beaumont accept helis...
The report you show was dated Dec 2001, but even since then neither
Beaumont nor the Mater have a helipad. I can understand why at the
Mater, very limited space, plus the proximity of Mountjoy prison does'nt
help. The Beaumont however is more open and doe's have space that
could be used for a helipad. I believe both use ambulance transfer's
from Dublin Airport.
Below are two excerpts from the final page of the report decrying the
fact that there was (and still is) not a helipad at Beaumont Hospital.
in particular, the inability to avail of the time / speed advantages of HEMS by lack of a helipad at / near Beaumont Hospital
“The extra cost of instituting emergency helicopter transfers compared to ‘blue light’ ambulances can probably be justified in order to achieve
a shorter time spent in the unstable transfer environment. However, reliance on Air Corps helicopters from a Dublin base and the absence
of a landing site within the grounds of Beaumont Hospital are continued reasons for the protraction of transfer times.”
The only hospital I know of in Dublin that HAD a dedicated helipad was
St Vincents on the Merrion Road. I have a newspaper aerial photo taken around 2003 showing a marked pad in front of the old hospital building.
But Google Earth now shows a new building on the site of the pad, but
no replacment pad visible. Dont know of any other hospital in the Dublin area with one.
As far as I know, the Don has , over time, checked every hospital in the country for their suitability for helipads and found many wanting, especially with regard to obstacles encroaching on any potential landing site's entry/exit routes, such as trees, masts, cranes and buildings. it's up to the HSE to listen to the heli operators and provide proper landing sites.
Tallagh and Drogheda were available at the time of the accident. As I understand it, Beaumont has now been added to the list
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