Re: Helicopter forced to make emergency landing
Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:46 am
Request on local radio last night for any witnesses who saw a low flying helicopter in the Athlone area to contact Gardai. Unusual?
THE Irish Aviation Website
Yep...the rumour mill is definitely at work here. I've heard a few things too...though I'll await the results of the investigation.Balkanhawk wrote:From what I have heard I think this could be a very interesting accident report.
HHMM, I assume then he had the two back seats out? When did a R44 become a two seater?kilo delta wrote:http://www.independent.ie/national-news ... 94682.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;A BUSINESSMAN is recovering today after being forced to make a terrifying helicopter crash-landing in a field not long after take-off.
A small, two-seater Robinson 44 aircraft piloted by businessman Michael Mannion crash-landed five miles outside of Athlone at around 8pm on Sunday evening.
It is understood Mr Mannion, who is in his thirties and who runs a successful quarry business in Bealnamulla, Co Roscommon, had just taken off from the Ballinasloe Horse Fair when the aircraft got into difficulty.
The businessman, who runs R&M Quarries, was alone in the aircraft at the time of the accident.
The aircraft crashed ten miles away from the fair at Taughmaconnell. Miraculously he walked out of the wreckage shaken but unharmed. An experienced pilot, Mr Mannion has his own landing strip at the back of his home in Co Roscommon.
Chief air-accident investigator Jurgen Whyte told the Irish Independent the emergency services were first alerted to the incident when a beacon signal from the aircraft was picked up on Sunday evening.
Each helicopter has its own individual signal with an identifying serial number which usually goes off as a result of an impact.
This beacon is monitored by a satellite which then notifies the emergency services who can trace the aircraft to its owner. A full technical examination is under way at the Department of Transport's Air Accident Investigation Unit in Co Meath.
Another pic on this link.. http://photos.independent.ie/gallery/13 ... nf6u7wpdHY" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=138930" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
The joys of mainstream media reporting.bolkow wrote:HHMM, I assume then he had the two back seats out? When did a R44 become a two seater?
Sir,Fanstop wrote:I think wise ass remarks are way out of line here.
Now there is one of the silliest statements ever!tom in weston wrote:considerng the alegations regarding what this man is supposed to have done prior to flying his helicopter, I for one do not throw caution to the wind when I am about to fly an aircraft and pray for the grace of God to help me on the way. I have spoken to a member of this mans family about the incident and by their accounts, he deserves alot more than a kick in the hole!