AN Irish Air Corps helicopter that crash-landed in a field in Co Tipperary while undertaking an air ambulance mission in June has been sent to Germany for repairs, writes Pat Flynn.
The Eurocopter EC-135, one of two operated by the Air Corps, crash-landed in a field at Currabaha Cross near Borrisleigh on June 19 after it came into contact with overhead power cables.
The aircraft was carrying out an air ambulance mission for the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) at the time of the crash.
The helicopter and its three-man crew was due to airlift a seriously ill patient to hospital in Limerick.
The patient was taken instead by road to hospital. The only occupants of the helicopter – two Air Corps pilots and a HSE paramedic – escaped from the heavy landing uninjured.