Thursday 29 September 2016

Pilot arrested after chopper crash-lands next to pub

Published 17/07/2015 | 02:30

The helicoper lying on its side on the bank of the Royal Canal beside the Rustic Inn in Abbeyshrule, Co Longford
The helicoper lying on its side on the bank of the Royal Canal beside the Rustic Inn in Abbeyshrule, Co Longford

A man who crashed a helicopter as he tried to land it next to a pub was last night being questioned on suspicion of endangerment.

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The pilot, a British businessman in his 60s, was arrested by gardaí in Dublin Airport and taken to Longford Garda station, where he can be held for 24 hours.

The dramatic moment the Gazelle helicopter plummeted to earth at the back of the Rustic Inn pub, on the banks of the Royal Canal in Abbeyshrule, Co Longford, on Wednesday night, was captured on CCTV.

Locals said it was a miracle two men on board escaped with just cuts and bruises.

Schoolboy Ciaran Doyle (14), who witnessed the incident, was gardening with his father when they noticed the helicopter flying very low overhead.

It is understood the pilot made a couple of attempts to land the helicopter on a narrow grass verge at the back of the pub at 9.15pm.

Irish Independent

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