Accident: Bell 206B JetRanger-II, G-AYMW, Newgrange Co Meath, 5 April 2004: Report No 2004-021


The helicopter was engaged in aerial filming of the Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange, Co. Meath.  During its fourth orbit of the mound, the helicopter was seen to yaw suddenly to the right and spiral out of control.  Appropriate corrective action by the Pilot i.e., of opposite left pedal, reduction of collective and pitching the nose down to increase airspeed, proved ineffective as the helicopter continued yawing right in a spiral descent.  The helicopter impacted heavily into a field immediately east of the mound, but remained upright.  The three persons on board suffered various sudden impact injuries and were transferred to hospital by the emergency services a short time later. There was no fire.

Occurrence Date: 
Monday, 5 April, 2004
Report Date: 
Thursday, 9 December, 2004