Belfast Telegraph

Over 1200 homes lose electricity after helicopter hits power lines

A helicopter came into contact with power lines.
A helicopter came into contact with power lines.

Over 1200 homes lost power in the Portrush area on Saturday after a helicopter hit power lines.

The incident took place near the Magherabuoy Road around 11am and the helicopter involved was forced to make an emergency landing in a nearby field.

There were no reports of any injuries during the incident.

Repairs were carried out quickly and power was restored around 40 minutes later.

 "A helicopter came into contact with an overhead line in the Portrush area at 11:00 interrupting supplies to approximately 1,240 customers," a Northern Ireland Electricity Networks spokesperson said.

"Power was restored to approximately 1,200 customers at 11:41. Emergency crews are working to repair the damage and to restore power to the remaining 40 customers as soon as possible."

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