Incident: Hughes H369HS, N239MW, Athlone, Co.Westmeath, 07 Jul 2007: Report No 2008-007



The single engine helicopter landed on the upper floor of a multi-story car park in the centre of Athlone town.  A Car Park Attendant claimed he had attempted to wave the aircraft away as it did not have permission to land.  The Attendant stated, as the helicopter continued to land, he then took refuge behind a door where he was injured by the helicopter’s main rotor downwash.


The landing, at an elevated site in the centre of a large town, by the single engine helicopter was contrary to the Rules of the Air. 

Occurrence Date: 
Saturday, 7 July, 2007
Report Date: 
Friday, 9 May, 2008