Pilot blamed for Kildare helicopter crash
A helicopter instructor allowed a student to fly too low which ultimately caused the aircraft to crash into power lines before plummeting to the ground in a crash which killed both men, a report into the double tragedy has found.
Investigators in the Irish Department of Transport also criticised a private flight school, branding its supervision of instructors “unsatisfactory” after the training flight went horribly wrong on April 1 last year.
Pilot instructor Colm Clancy (34), from Derrybeg in Co Donegal, and his student Dermot Sheridan (24), from Co Clare, were killed after their aircraft hit power lines just 30 feet off the ground at Kilshanchoe, Co Kildare.
The rotor blades were ripped from the helicopter before it hit the ground at speed, killing both men.