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Defence helicopter door ‘detaches’ and lands in school grounds

The rear door of an Emergency Aeromedical Service helicopter fell away while returning to Casement Aerodrome.

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Gardai are helping to investigate the incident (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai are helping to investigate the incident (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardai are helping to investigate the incident (Niall Carson/PA)

A Defence Forces helicopter door “detached” and landed in the grounds of a secondary school in Dublin on Thursday night, the military said.

At approximately 5.52pm, the rear door of an Emergency Aeromedical Service helicopter fell away while returning to Casement Aerodrome and landed in Moyle Park College, Clondalkin.

A Defence Forces statement said: “Nobody on the ground, or in the air, was injured in the incident.

Once the area has been analysed the door will be removed and transported to Baldonnel.Defence Forces statement

“The crew of the AW139 helicopter had successfully completed a life-saving mission to a Dublin hospital and were returning to Baldonnel for fuel.

“The area in which the door fell was secured by Defence Forces personnel and An Garda Siochana within five minutes of the incident and an investigation team were on scene within 30 minutes.

“Once the area has been analysed the door will be removed and transported to Baldonnel.”

The service will recommence on Friday, as normal, with a replacement aircraft and crew.

The statement added: “A full investigation will be conducted into the cause of this incident.”

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