On July 9, 2004, at 1110 coordinated universal time (UTC), a Robinson R44 helicopter, Irish registration EI-DCO, impacted trees while flying near Derrybrien, Ireland. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured, and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was destroyed. The pilot operated the helicopter under the provisions of the Irish civil aviation regulations as a personal flight. The flight departed the Waterford Airport (EIWF) and was destined for Galway Airport (EICM).

The accident is under the jurisdiction of, and is being investigated by, the Department of Transport's, Air Accident Investigation Unit. Further information can be obtained from:

Department of Transport
Air Accident Investigation Unit
44 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Phone: +353 (0) 1-604-1293
Facsimile: +353 (0) 1-604-1514

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