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    Just heard on the radio that an Aer Corps chopper carrying a minister got in to dificulty after taking off from Killarney. Sounds like everyone is safe but there wasn't much detail and I only got the end.

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    Cullen helicopter in emergency landing
    Monday, 2 March 2009 16:31
    A helicopter carrying Minister for Tourism Martin Cullen was forced to make an emergency landing in Killarney this afternoon.

    Mr Cullen had just finished addressing the annual conference of the Irish Hotels Federation and had taken off from the grounds of the Malton Hotel in Killarney.

    It is believed that a door of the helicopter fell off as it flew over Killarney National Park at Castlerosse outside the town.

    The helicopter made an emergency landing nearby at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.

    No one was injured.

    Eye witnesses say Mr Cullen, who was flying with an assistant and a crew of three, was shaken following the incident.

    He has since continued his journey by road to Kerry Airport from where he is expected to get a flight back to Dublin.
    http://www.rte.ie/news/2009/0302/cullenm.html

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    • #3
      Was there a previous incident of a door coming off a helicopter last year or the year before?

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      • #4
        Maybe it took an incoming Golf Ball?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Muzzle View Post
          Was there a previous incident of a door coming off a helicopter last year or the year before?
          The incident two years ago was not an Aer Corps helicoptor so is a separate incident altogether.

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          • #6
            I know the report says the door came off, but is it possible that it just slid open?

            Also - why is a military helicopter necessary to move a Minister and his staff from Kerry to Dublin? I've no objection to them being used if there is some kind of time pressure, or if the Minister is urgently required elsewhere, but today is a Monday - the Dail is not in session, and the cabinet is probably not meeting until tomorrow.

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            • #7
              That'll teach him for wasting scarce DF assets when a commercial flight to Farranfore was just as feasable.


              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Aidan View Post
                I know the report says the door came off, but is it possible that it just slid open?

                Also - why is a military helicopter necessary to move a Minister and his staff from Kerry to Dublin? I've no objection to them being used if there is some kind of time pressure, or if the Minister is urgently required elsewhere, but today is a Monday - the Dail is not in session, and the cabinet is probably not meeting until tomorrow.
                Ever seen the traffic on the Quays in Waterford? :wink:

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Muzzle View Post
                  Ever seen the traffic on the Quays in Waterford? :wink:
                  Waterford is in Kerry?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by boomer View Post
                    Waterford is in Kerry?
                    Cullen is from Warterford so he probaly came from and was going back to there.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Muzzle View Post
                      Cullen is from Warterford so he probaly came from and was going back to there.
                      According to RTE came from there, going back to Dublin.
                      "Fellow-soldiers of the Irish Republican Army, I have just received a communication from Commandant Pearse calling on us to surrender and you will agree with me that this is the hardest task we have been called upon to perform during this eventful week, but we came into this fight for Irish Independence in obedience to the commands of our higher officers and now in obedience to their wishes we must surrender. I know you would, like myself, prefer to be with our comrades who have already fallen in the fight - we, too, should rather die in this glorious struggle than submit to the enemy." Volunteer Captain Patrick Holahan to 58 of his men at North Brunswick Street, the last group of the Four Courts Garrison to surrender, Sunday 30 April 1916.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Vickers View Post
                        According to RTE came from there, going back to Dublin.
                        Ahh well there goes my joke about Waterford traffic.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Muzzle View Post
                          Ahh well there goes my joke about Waterford traffic.
                          Good try, and I know what you mean about the traffic!
                          "Fellow-soldiers of the Irish Republican Army, I have just received a communication from Commandant Pearse calling on us to surrender and you will agree with me that this is the hardest task we have been called upon to perform during this eventful week, but we came into this fight for Irish Independence in obedience to the commands of our higher officers and now in obedience to their wishes we must surrender. I know you would, like myself, prefer to be with our comrades who have already fallen in the fight - we, too, should rather die in this glorious struggle than submit to the enemy." Volunteer Captain Patrick Holahan to 58 of his men at North Brunswick Street, the last group of the Four Courts Garrison to surrender, Sunday 30 April 1916.

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                          • #14
                            Minister Cullen safe after helicopter incident 02/03/2009 - 16:33:08
                            Minister for Arts, Sports and Tourism Martin Cullen is safe today after a helicopter he was travelling in was forced to make a precautionary landing in Kerry.

                            At around 3.30pm, approximately three minutes after take off from Killarney Race Course, the port (left hand side) main door of the helicopter fell off at a height of 500 feet.

                            The two passengers, who were sitting on the port side of the Air Corps AW 139 helicopter, and three crew are all safe and well, after landing the pad at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club.

                            The aircraft is currently on the ground until a Military Airworthiness Inspection Team and technicians examine the aircraft on the ground.

                            The same helicopter brought Minister Cullen from Waterford to Killarney this morning and was returning to Dublin when the incident occurred.
                            http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/eyaukfauidql/

                            Turns out I was half right he came from Waterford!
                            Last edited by Muzzle; 2 March 2009, 18:09.

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                            • #15
                              There is no truth in the rumour that Martin ferris was on the ground shooting ducks at the time...


                              Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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