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Last updated: 17 August 2019
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Date:19-JUN-2012
Time:13:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC35 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 135P2+
Owner/operator:Irish Air Corps
Registration: 270
C/n / msn: 0425
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Borrisoleigh -   Ireland
Phase: En route
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:Custume Barracks
Destination airport:Borrisoleigh
Investigating agency: AAIU
Narrative:
EC135P2+ 270, call-sign ‘Ambulance 270’, an air ambulance equipped Air Corps helicopter, was tasked by the National Aeromedical Co-ordination Centre (NACC) to collect a patient from a Health Service Executive (HSE) road ambulance near Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary, and transfer him to Limerick Regional Hospital for treatment. The weather en route from its base, Custume Barracks Athlone, to the intended pick up point was good. On approach to landing in a field and shortly before touchdown, the helicopter’s main rotor blades struck ESB220 kV overhead wires and severed them. This wire impact caused severe airframe vibration and a momentary oscillation of the helicopter, forcing the Pilot to carry out an immediate forced landing, which was heavy. He shut down the engines and the crew exited safely and uninjured. As there was substantial damage evident to the helicopter, the patient was transferred to hospital by road.

Sources:

https://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0619/325718-air-corps-helicopter-hard-landing-in-tipperary/
http://www.aaiu.ie/sites/default/files/report-attachments/REPORT%202013-004_0.pdf


Images:

Photo of 270 courtesy AirHistory.net


Baldonnel - Casement (EIME)
21 August 2006; (c) Fergal Goodman

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Jun-2012 11:08 gerard57 Added
19-Jun-2012 13:18 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Jun-2012 15:27 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Jun-2012 15:29 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
19-Jun-2012 20:24 RobertMB Updated [Registration]
16-Nov-2012 13:19 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Mar-2013 12:21 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
04-Apr-2013 17:43 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-May-2016 08:28 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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