Schoolkids in miracle escape after helicopter door fell and landed in school playground – The Sun

SCHOOLKIDS enjoyed a miracle escape after a helicopter door fell off and landed in a school playground.

The incident happened on Thursday when the chopper was flying to Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnell, Ireland, after a life-saving operation.


The door fell 800 feet in to the grounds of Moyle Park secondary school in Clondalkin. Luckily, schools in Ireland are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and no-one was hurt in the accident.

Local Green Party councillor Peter Kavanagh said: “We are really lucky that it didn’t hurt anyone. If the school had been open this could easily have been fatal.

“I have no idea how the door could fall off a helicopter. Clondalkin is a really heavily populated area and this fell smack in the middle of the village.

“Some could easily have died.”

'VERY SERIOUS INCIDENT'

Fianna Fail defence spokesman Jack Chambers said he hopes that an investigation in the incident will be completed and published without delay.

He said: “Thankfully no one was hurt in this very serious incident.

“Had the door hit someone on the ground it could have fatally injured them.

"A member of crew in the aircraft or indeed any patient being transported to hospital could have been injured too.

“I understand the Defence Forces have launched an internal investigation to find out how this incident occurred.

“I think the findings of this investigations should be published as soon as it is completed.”

A retired Lieutenant with the Air Corps has described it as “a most fortunate and unfortunate incident”.

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