NTSB Identification: MIA99WA240
Accident occurred Friday, August 27, 1999 in CORNAKELLY, Ireland
Aircraft: Robinson R22B, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 27, 1999, about 1015 Greenwich mean time, a Robinson R22B helicopter, EI-MAC, registered to Eirecopter Helicopter, impacted with the terrain and subsequently there was a post impact fire, following an in-flight event, while on a domestic personal flight, from Dublin, Ireland, to Sligo, Ireland, a distance of about 100 miles. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The helicopter was destroyed. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The flight originated from Dublin, the same day, at an unknown time.

The flight was at a low cruise altitude, and the pilot had been in touch with air traffic control (ATC). While in radio contact with ATC the pilot did not report any problems. There were no witnesses to the crash, but witnesses that heard the helicopter before impact said the engine sounded fine. The helicopter impacted in a 2-acre field. Plexiglas from the helicopter was found in the field to the side of the wreckage. Weather was not considered a factor in the accident.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Ireland. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Air Accident Investigation Unit Department of Public Enterprise 25 Clare Street Dublin 2, Ireland Telephone: 353 (0) 1 604 1293

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information obtained form or released by the Government of Ireland.

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