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Minister Cullens Helicopters Door "falls" off :)

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:14 pm
by Lambada Crazy
It seems to be the situation that the irish defence forces likes throwing their doors away mid flight! Wasnt there an incident like this at the salthill airshow?

I love the way RTE describe it as "side door of the helicopter fell off at a height off 500ft" where an emergency landing followed.

"He has since continued his journey by road to Kerry Airport from where he is expected to get a flight back to Dublin" -Probably with Ryanair :)

Full Story
http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0302/cullenm.html

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:29 pm
by kilo delta
The other incident involved a British Merlin helicopter. The cause was suspected to be due to someone pulling the release handle whilst it was on the ground during a static display. Looks like Cullen or his aides did something similar.
It should have been checked ,surely, as part of the pre flight checks?

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:08 pm
by HillerBee
It's a precautionary landing by the way. The AW139 can fly with the rear doors opened as can most helicopters.

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:23 pm
by nickpapa
if anybody is looking for a spare aw139 rear sliding door pm me 8)