Note they say there is no evidence as yet of any technical problem with the aircraft, the pilot decided to reposition it to the carpark due to a number of people gathering around it on the beach.
If this turns out to be true then in my opinion this guy should be in serious trouble for dangerous flying. It's one thing trying to land a R22 there, but to land a Sikorsky????
It is NOT to initiate a witch-hunt or to apportion blame.
It is important to understand that humans make mistakes & errors of judgement, if anyone believes they are immune then think again....
But yes, of course, this is still speculation, so let's wait for the full report to come out first.
The Investigation has not identified any technical problem with the helicopter to date.
As this is just a preliminary report it will include only a summary of the facts estabilshed thus far.Given the severity of the after-crash fire any technical problems with the aircraft might be difficult to find. That is to say that something may yet be discovered to shed more light on the incident.
Considerable weight will also be given to the pilots statement during the investigation, after all he was the most qualified person at the scene to comment and is innocent until proof exists to say otherwise.
Thursday, 14 January 2010 22:47
The pilot of a helicopter that crashed and exploded into flames in Co Meath has been fined €5,000 and given a three month suspended sentence. William Curry tried to land the aircraft in the car park of the Neptune Hotel in Bettystown in September 2008.
The 35-year-old, from Kilcullen in Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to three charges brought by the Irish Aviation Authority.
The judge said it was a miracle that Mr Curry survived and that nobody else was killed or injured.
(His license was restored)
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