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Air Ambulance Forced Landing At Borrisoleigh

An investigation is under way after an Air Corps Ambulance Helicopter was forced to make a “heavy but controlled landing,” in a field a few kilometres outside the village of Borrisoleigh, on the main Nenagh road, in Co Tipperary, shortly after 2.00pm today.

It is understood the helicopter may have clipped an overhead power line.

The Air Corps helicopter, which had three passenger on board, was attempting to answer an emergency call & pick up a patient in Borrisoleigh at the time of the incident.

The patient was subsequently transferred by road ambulance from Borrisoleigh, to the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

It is also understood that three passengers on board the helicopter, sustained no injuries, while the extent of damage to the helicopter itself has yet to be determined. The Athlone based Air Corps Ambulance had only begun operations fifteen days previously.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been informed about the incident & contingency plans are underway to resume Emergency Aero-Medical Services as soon as possible.

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