Air Corps helicopter that lost door mid-flight was at centre of same incident in 2009

The Air Corps helicopter that lost its door after an emergency medical airlift in May had been at the centre of the exact same type of incident eleven years ago.

A preliminary report on the incident confirmed that the AgustaWestland helicopter was the very same chopper that suffered the loss of a different door over Co Kerry in 2009 while transporting then Minister Martin Cullen to an event.

The Air Aircraft Investigation Unit also declined to be involved in the investigation “given the nature of the incident”, according to the
internal report.

It also details how the fourteen-year-old helicopter had originally been on its way to collect a patient for a transfer onward to Tallaght Hospital.

While en route, the National Ambulance Service requested they fly instead to the Phoenix Park for the patient to be moved to the Mater Hospital.

You can read the report in full: