Heli down at Newgrange

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Heli down at Newgrange

Post by mark » Mon Apr 05, 2004 10:46 am

A helicopter has gone done in the field behind the famous Newgrange site in Co. Meath. The helicopter was carrying a BBC film crew who were filming the ancient site. The helicopter was circling the monument when it went down. Eyewitness reports suggest there was a problem with the tail rotor. There were four people on board at the time of the accident and two have been taken to Droheda hospital, their condition is described as not serious. There was no fire following the crash but the aircraft was badly damaged

Anyone know what aircraft was involved?
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Post by mark » Mon Apr 05, 2004 1:19 pm

The aircraft involved was Bell 206 G-AYMW

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The aircraft is operated by the PLM Dollar Group and is pictured above at Westpoint, Dublin Airport on the 17/03/04. The aircraft is ex.EI-BJR
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Post by Guest » Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:27 pm

Tail rotor problems, got to assume it was a mechanical problem, wonder who did the maintenance?
Sounded like a skillful landing if nobody is seriously injured.
remember a similar incident down on Sandymount beach a while back, a documentry being shot and the pilot went into a smoke plume of the pigeon house towers and and engine flamed out, wonder if a 206 is the best weapon of choice for filming documentries

Pictures at pprune http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread ... did=125525

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Post by MrBlobby » Wed Apr 07, 2004 2:05 am

PDG do their own maintenence so it was probably the guys in westpoint at dublin airport, Alan ONeill and the boys there are 100% and anyone who has flown any ships under their care would say likewise, those guys are second to none!

many(too many to list) reasons why a t/r stops spinning but whatever happened the pilot did one hell of a job getting it down, fair play and if we are all so quick under pressure to react then we will be allright.

as for the 206 being the best weapon of choice , there are no engines that will run without oxygen and very few helicopters that have a second tail rotor , just in case!
206 is the one of the safest aircraft(not just helicopters) ever built.

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