Hearing Held Over Fatal Helicopter Crash In Ireland

Inquest Into Incident Confirmed For Next Year


A preliminary hearing into a helicopter crash in Northern Ireland which led to the death of three men has been held, ahead of a full inquest into the incident next year.

Coroner John Leckey at Belfast Coroner’s Court yesterday (October 4th) outlined the details of the crash, which apparently occurred when the Agusta 109 aircraft suffered engine trouble and came down in the Mourne Mountains in County Down.

Ian Wooldridge, Anthony Smith and Charles Stisted, who was a friend of Prince Charles, were fatally injured in the crash in October last year.

The Air Accident Investigation Bureau is set to publish a report into the crash in November, while the inquest into the deaths will be held in front of a jury in February.

Jim Morris, a former RAF pilot and Partner in Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Aviation Law team, said: “It is clear that answers are needed in relation to this incident and it is of particular interest that the coroner has raised concerns regarding possible engine problems.

“The families and aviation community need to know what led to this crash and we hope that the final accident report and the inquest next year will identify exactly what happened.

“Any information gathered will undoubtedly be vital in ensuring that lessons can be learnt from the crash which will in turn play an important part in improving helicopter flight safety in general.”