BREAKING: Coast Guard S92 Helicopter Wreckage Located

 

BREAKING: Coast Guard S92 Helicopter Wreckage Located

Published in Oil Industry News on Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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The wreckage of an S92 Coastguard Helicopter which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean has been located confirms officials.

The wreckage was located around 60m from Blackrock island after a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) was sent down to search the seabed.

Initial evidence suggests the Sikorsky S92 struck rocks on the islands before crashing into the ocean.

Of the four crew on board when the helicopter went down, only Captain Dara Fitzpatrick has been recovered and she later succumbed to her injuries and died in hospital. The other three crew members, Captain Mark Duffy, Winchman Ciaran Smith and Winch Operator Paul Ormsby remain missing.

The Irish Coast Guard confirmed Rescue 116 is lying about 40m below the surface on the eastern side of Blackrock Island.

There was no information on whether any of the missing crew members were within the aircraft wreckage.

“Operations are continuing but are weather dependent,” Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit said.

The AAIU has previously advised that they suspect the tail of Rescue 116 struck rocks on the western end of the island during flight. There was no warning or distress call issue in the moments leading up to the accident, with the crew’s final transmission being: “Shortly landing at Blacksod”

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