Heli Down near Dunshaughlin

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Heli Down near Dunshaughlin

Post by mark » Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:12 pm

Hi guys,

Just heard on Today FM that there's a heli down near Dunshaughlin, no further details.

Let's hope there's no injuries.

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Post by EiMPB » Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:13 pm

Only heard about it there too!

Lets hope everyone's ok!

http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/0320/meath.html

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Post by EV97 » Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:07 pm

Today FM are reporting that its a 109 with just the pilot on board, Hope he/she is ok.

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Post by DeBeere » Thu Mar 20, 2008 6:12 pm

Edit: Get well soon John!
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Post by mark » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:43 pm

John today has had a successful back operation, and hopes to now be on the road to a rapid recovery. He and his family and friends would like to extend their gratitude to all who have wished him well and cannot wait to be back among his fellow aviators.

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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Post by Bearcat » Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:46 pm

Thank God.

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Post by DeBeere » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:30 am

More images of the heli and its removal.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/muineach/s ... 194261799/
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Post by ceatach » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:12 pm

Glad to hear of the recovery...

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.


edit:
I found
http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/hems_sect2g.pdf
which suggests the mater and beaumont accept helis...

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Post by hugoj_air » Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:16 am

Hi Ceatach,

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.

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Post by bean_ian » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:20 am

Tallaght Hospital has a dedicated heli-pad and when I was flying one day I heard them en-route there to drop off someone, so they do use it.
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Post by hugoj_air » Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:53 am

Thanks Bean_Ian,

I wasn't sure if Tallagh had a pad.

Hugo.

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Post by stovepipe » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:49 pm

Hi there
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.
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Post by hugoj_air » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:22 pm

As Stovepipe say's

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


I can imagine that helipads are WAY down the HSE's list of priorities.

Hugo.

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Post by Vmax » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:35 am

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.

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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Post by hugoj_air » Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:21 am

Hi Vmax,

Tallagh and Drogheda were available at the time of the accident. As I understand it, Beaumont has now been added to the list


Are you saying Beaumont now has a pad also what list are you refering to.

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