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Recovered Irish Coast Guard Helo Wreckage Primarily from Tail Area

By S.L. Fuller | March 21, 2017
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Photo courtesy of Irish Coast Guard

Photo courtesy of Irish Coast Guard

Wreckage from the Irish Coast Guard CHC Helicopter Sikorsky S-92 crash last week has been recovered and logged, the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) said. Materials were then designated for the investigation unit’s wreckage facility in Gormanston, County Meath, for detailed examination.

The area close to the last recorded position of the crashed helicopter held some wreckage, primarily from the tail area.

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“At this early stage in the investigation it is not possible to be definitive about the exact nature of damage to the recovered wreckage or indeed the circumstances of the accident,” the investigation unit said. “However, there appears to be marks on some of the recovered wreckage, which are consistent with the tail of the aircraft contacting rocky surfaces on the Western end of Blackrock. The investigation has not yet definitively identified the initial point of impact.”

A signal from, what is believed to be, the rotorcraft’s black box was detected last week. However, poor water conditions kept drivers from retrieving it. The search for the three remaining missing crewmembers is ongoing as well. The investigation unit, in accordance with international convention, has an accredited representative from the NTSB as state of design and manufacture. The representative has advisors from the FAA and Sikorsky. The Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit has also received support from U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch, Garda Siochana, Coast Guard, Irish Air Corps the Irish Marine Institute and other local people and agencies.

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