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RAF Helicopter Crash

Sun Mar 17, 2002 5:53 am

I was looking at aviation stuff on BBC, and I saw this..I don't usually come in this forum..but I had nothing else to do Big thumbs up

From the BBC..

A team of investigators is to start examining why a Royal Air Force helicopter crashed in south Armagh injuring seven people who were on board.
The puma helicopter was forced to land in on the side of a hill at Slieve Gullion near Jonesborough in south Armagh at 1045 GMT on Saturday.

The Army said of the three crew members and six passengers on board, seven were injured - two seriously.

The helicopter, based at RAF Aldergrove in County Antrim, had been on a routine flight between security force bases in south Armagh when it crash landed on the side of a hill.

RAF Squadron leader of the Joint Helicopter Force in Northern Ireland, David Breese, said the cause of the accident was not yet known, but that terrorist involvement had been ruled out.

He added: "Our thoughts are with the injured personnel at this time and the incident will be thoroughly investigated."

Sinn Fein councillor Packie McDonald, who witnessed the crash, said the helicopter appeared to go into a spin as it tried to land at a military observation post.

"The pilot tried to control it for a while but shortly after it just crashed on the side of the mountain about 150 yards from the look-out post.

"The tail has broken off and the propeller is lying on the ground.

"The main part of the helicopter is lying on its side."

He said: "When we got there, there was pandemonium.

"The debris was spread over a large area.

"I passed the propeller on the way up the hill and when I got to the helicopter I saw the tail had broken off."

Some people were trapped in the helicopter's wreckage for more than two hours.

Army helicopters were used to transport emergency rescue teams to the crash site.

They took most of casualties to Daisy Hill hospital in nearby Newry, where an emergency procedure plan was put into place.

An emergency physician at the hospital, Michael McCann, said: "They were treated for a multiplicity of trauma injuries including spinal injuries, multiple fractures and chest injuries."

Residents' objections

Tony Carragher from the South Armagh Farmers' and Residents Committee said all RAF helicopters should be grounded, following the crash.

Her group has been campaigning against the number of RAF helicopter flights in the area.

Speaking to BBC News Online she said: "We are now calling for a complete cessation of all British Army helicopter flights.

"This puma helicopter could have landed on homes and there could have been a major loss of life.

"The British Army called this a forced landing, which is what they always call them.

"If some of our group were not able to go up to the crash site and take photographs we believe there would have been a cover-up."

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RE: RAF Helicopter Crash

Sun Mar 17, 2002 8:04 am

Well if Mr McCann's IRA friends did not litter the countryside with so many large explosive devices, there would not be the need for as many helicopter flights.

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