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Heli down EI-SBM-Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:05 pm
by Dauphin_Army
Heavy landing just east of Dunshaughlin in bogland.
One person (P1) on board.
Airlifted to hospital with suspected spinal/compression injuries.

Aircraft tipped overe on it's side just 30 yds from powerlines.
Air Accident Unit on the scene

Registration EI-SBM

Date of Registration 04/05/2004

Owner Ballymore Management Services Ltd.

Address Fonthill House, Old Lucan Road, Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Manufacturer Agusta

Aircraft Type 109E

Serial Number 11174

Year of Manufacture 2004

Engine Manufacturer Pratt and Whitney

Engine Type PW 206 C

Number of Engines 2

Status Current



Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:38 pm
by Dauphin_Army
Just back from scene, eye witness's report aircraft was spinning as it impacted the ground. AAIU now left the scene for the evening.

Aircraft to be moved to Gormanstown tomorrow.

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:59 pm
by nickpapa
was there much damage to the aircraft?
Best wishes to the pilot and his family.

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:34 pm
by Dauphin_Army
I could not get close to see as there was GARDA protection in place. The aircraft was lying with it's under carriage towards me so the main rotor and cockpit were out of view.

This is one very lucky pilot.


Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:16 pm
by Davy
Yea i heard it was a tail rotor failure.. Best wishes to the pilot and his family..

Pics here.. ... 175148970/

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:42 pm
by mark
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