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Another helicopter down in the Mourne Mountains

Old 28th Oct 2010, 10:37
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Another helicopter down in the Mourne Mountains

police helicopter involved in the operation came down this morning. NI ambulance service say -
The Northern Ireland A
NIAS attending another helicopter crash in Mournes
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service has been alerted of a helicopter crash in the Mourne Mountains close to the scene of last Saturdays fatal incident.
First reports indicate that 4 passengers were on board and that three may be seriously injured with the other relatively unharmed.
Crews are starting to arrive at the scene.
NIAS has deployed 4 A&E vehicles, 1 Rapid Response Vehicle, 3 Officers and 1 Doctor.

came down near Hilltown a couple of miles from Saturdays crash
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 10:38
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I've just heard that a Police helicopter has gone down in the Mourne Mountains this morning. My source says it was a twin squirrel but I have no more news than that at present.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 10:49
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another heli down in Mourne mountains?

just heard on RTE radio one a sketchy report of another heli down in the mourne mts?

hopefully a mix up.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 10:52
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BBC News - PSNI helicopter crashes in the Mourne mountains

Emergency services are on their way to Hilltown, County Down after receiving a report that a police helicopter has crashed.
It is believed four people are on board.
The helicopter was on lease to the PSNI.
It is understood the accident happened close to where a private helicopter crashed at the weekend killing three people.
On Saturday, three people were killed in a helicopter crash in the Mourne Mountains in an area known locally as Leitrim Lodge, between Hilltown and Rostrevor.
Charles Stisted, Ian Wooldridge and their pilot, who has not yet been named, died when the aircraft crashed.
The men were travelling back to England from County Tyrone, where they were part of a private shooting party at Baronscourt country estate.
Mr Stisted, 47, was chief executive of the Guards Polo Club at Windsor and a personal friend of the Prince of Wales.
Mr Wooldridge, from Windlesham, Surrey, was also a member of the Guards Polo Club.
Together with his brother Graham, he ran a 40m-a-year demolition and construction company.
Mr Wooldridge was a prominent figure in Dublin-based Harcourt Developments, the property company involved in the development of the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 10:53
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BBC News - PSNI helicopter crashes in the Mourne mountains

Four people have been injured after a police helicopter crashed in the Mourne mountains.
The accident happened close to the scene of last weekend's fatal helicopter crash.
The helicopter was in the area on Thursday as part of a police clearance operation in connection with Saturday's crash. It had just taken off when it overturned.
The four people on board were able to walk away from the wreckage.
Emergency services are at the scene in Hilltown, County Down.
They are not believed to be seriously injured but are being taken to hospital for treatment.
Local DUP MLA Jim Wells was in the area when the crash happened.
"The conditions in the Mournes are extremely bad," he said.
"It's misty, the cloud is down to 600ft and the rain is very heavy so I can understand how something like this could happen."
The Air Accident Investigation Branch has been informed. The helicopter was on lease to the PSNI.
On Saturday, three people were killed in a helicopter crash in the Mourne Mountains in an area known locally as Leitrim Lodge, between Hilltown and Rostrevor.
Charles Stisted, Ian Wooldridge and their pilot, who has not yet been named, died when the aircraft crashed.
The men were travelling back to England from County Tyrone, where they were part of a private shooting party at Baronscourt country estate.
Mr Stisted, 47, was chief executive of the Guards Polo Club at Windsor and a personal friend of the Prince of Wales.
Mr Wooldridge, from Windlesham, Surrey, was also a member of the Guards Polo Club.
Together with his brother Graham, he ran a 40m-a-year demolition and construction company.
Mr Wooldridge was a prominent figure in Dublin-based Harcourt Developments, the property company involved in the development of the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 11:03
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press associaton say injuries not as serious as first thought

Four police personnel were injured today when a helicopter overturned as it
took off from the scene of last week's fatal helicopter crash in Northern
Ireland.
Police said all four were able to walk away from the accident on the Mourne
Mountains and were not seriously injured. They have been taken to hospital for
treatment.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) helicopter was involved in the
clear-up operation following Saturday's crash, which claimed the lives of three
people, one of them a close friend of Prince Charles.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 11:30
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Glad no-one seriously injured or worse still, killed. Obvious Darwin awards candidate though.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 11:34
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Obvious Darwin awards candidate though.
Why's that then?

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Old 28th Oct 2010, 11:39
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Glad to hear everyone is ok. On the plus side one less police helicopter that needs to be sold off.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 11:44
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Chopper Doc,
PSNI were not included in the "Grand Plan". There are no "Savings" where an accident is involved.

Dontdoit - "Darwin award candidate" because???
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 11:56
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I wonder if it was G-PSNI or PSNO
Neither. I know which aircraft it was, if permitted I will post the registration.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 11:59
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PSNI have been leasing in an old police aircraft. It might be that one. I believe the EC135 and EC145 are owned by PSNI, not leased.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 11:59
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There is a third aircraft (Squirrel) also in the Province right now.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 12:08
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That is the one I was thinking of. Unless it has changed, it is an old Police Squirrel owned by a former police air operations provider.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 12:23
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Helinut;

That was the aircraft.

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Old 28th Oct 2010, 12:49
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"Should it have been up there in the first place?

Looking at the 1000ft and 2000ft winds it's saying 35kt and 45kt respectively forecasted for the time.

Given the height of the mountains there being between 1&2K ft you might expect a strong downdraft on the leeward side where they were, no?"

An hour after the first report and somebody is already questioning the pilot's decisions. Give us a break.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 12:54
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Just off the BBC web...."Local DUP MLA Jim Wells was in the area when the crash happened.

"The conditions in the Mournes are extremely bad," he said.

"It's misty, the cloud is down to 600ft and the rain is very heavy so I can understand how something like this could happen."


We all have out views but does not sound a great day to be Mountain flying especially as it was not on a mercy mission and no lives were at risk...." apart from the crew that is!!"
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 13:08
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Darwin awards...Google it.....Chopper crashes. Police chopper turns up for the clean-up. And crashes.
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 13:08
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Photograph of Aircraft G-SEWP
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Old 28th Oct 2010, 13:13
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So are we talking dynamic rollover here?? Doubt there would be any pax walking away from the scene had it overturned at 200/300ft
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