Helicopter goes missing over Irish Sea with five people on board

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UK coastguard is coordinating a search off Wales for helicopter which was bound for Dublin with 5 passengers on board

The twin squirrel red helicopter had taken off from Milton Keynes and was on its way to Dublin, via Caernarfon Bay

The flight took off from Milton Keynes at around midday. It should have arrived in Dublin before 6pm.

It is reported that radar contact with the helicopter was lost on Wednesday afternoon (29/3)and the Coastguard was notified to start a search operation at 4.15pm.

The search involved two coastguard helicopters in Wales.

One of those helicopters has returned to its base at St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The Irish media is reporting that five businessmen were on board the missing helicopter.

UK coastguard officials say poor visibility is hampering the search operation but it is continuing




UK Coastguard

UK Coastguard is currently co-ordinating a search and rescue operation for an overdue helicopter in the Caernarfon Bay area.

The privately owned twin squirrel red helicopter with five people on board is believed to have left Milton Keynes earlier today on route to Dublin, via Caernarfon Bay.

Earlier this afternoon, Distress and Diversion lost radar contact of the helicopter, and after contacting all airbases with no sightings or radio contact, the UK Coastguard were notified at 4.15pm to start a search operation.

The UK Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon has carried out an extensive land based search of fields and airfields within the Caernarfon area and the helicopter based at St Athan has joined the search this evening. A Mayday Relay broadcast has been issued to all vessels passing through the Irish Sea route to contact the Coastguard if they have seen anything. A search of the Irish sea route is commencing this evening. The North Wales Police have also been notified of the search operation.

UK Coastguard Duty Commander Peter Davies said: ‘We have established a search plan between Caernarfon Bay and the shore of Dublin and currently have two Coastguard helicopters searching the route. We are in the process of contacting all the vessels in the Irish Sea that were in the vicinity around midday and we are continuing Mayday broadcast action for any vessels currently in the area to contact us if they have further information. At the moment we are appealing to these vessels and to the public that if they have seen a twin squirrel red helicopter to please contact 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

We have no further information at this time.

Irish Independent:
The helicopter, which is privately-owned, is understood to have left Milton Keynes in the south of England earlier on Wednesday en route to Dublin via Caernarfon Bay.

Independent.ie understand it was due to land in Weston Airport on the Dublin/Kildare border.
The Twin Squirrel helicopter is one of the most popular light types operated by private firms and has an excellent safety record.

Mr Chris Sheil, owner of Executive Helicopters, said it's highly unlikely that the helicopter, which is understood to be red, is owned by an Irish person.

"There aren't many helicopters in Ireland but there would be plenty of twin squirrels in the UK, they're regarded as being reliable.

"It's hard to say for sure but I'd say half the Twin Squirrels in the UK are commercial and the other half would be privately owned."
The missing helicopter is the same type as that used by the Garda Air Support unit.

Updates:
23:04
It is understood that no mayday or distress call was received from the helicopter.
23.03
Irish emergency services involved

Maritime&Coastguard‏Verified account @MCA_media 7m7 minutes ago

UPDATE Aerial search efforts hampered by low cloud + poor visibility. @NWPolice + #MountainRescue continue to search http://hmcoastguard.blogspot.co.uk




Links
HM Coastguard Blogspot = Maritime and Coastguard Agency: UK Coastguard co-ordinating search operation for overdue privately owned helicopter
Helicopter carrying five people goes missing off Welsh coast - Wales Online
Helicopter goes missing over Irish Sea with five people on board
https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/0329/863635-helicopter-irish-sea/
Five businessmen on board helicopter bound for Dublin missing over Irish Sea - Independent.ie
http://www.thejournal.ie/missing-helicopter-3314205-Mar2017/
 
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Roisin3

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God help them all, helicopters are dangerous yokes to be in.

Very dangerous. Essential mode of transport sometimes, alright for a quick hop from one place to another, but otherwise, to be avoided if there are alternatives.
 

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..."The helicopters have now returned to their respective bases and there are no plans at this stage to continue the aerial search unless the weather improves significantly. North Wales Police have taken over the search operation and have called in mountain rescue teams to continue the land-based search in the Snowdonia area."
 

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Not a good month for helicopters.
I know the chances are slim, but I hope they're safe.
 

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An aerial search involving two UK Coast Guard helicopters was halted late last night due to poor visibility.

Air search was called off in the early hours

Two UK Coastguard helicopters swept areas off the Welsh coast yesterday evening and night using infra-red camera technology for any signs of debris.

However, in the early hours of the morning this search was called off.

A search is continuing for a helicopter that has gone missing while flying from Milton Keynes to Dublin via Caernarfon Bay in Wales with five people onboard.


Link
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/live-updates-helicopter-carrying-five-12817568
https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0330/863683-search-wales-helicopter/
 

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BBC UK Reports 'Police launch Snowdonia ground search'


A land search has been launched in the hunt for a helicopter carrying five people that went missing over north Wales.[/B]
Police are working with mountain rescue teams, UK Coastguard and aeronautical rescue coordination centre.
Ground teams are in Snowdonia, but North Wales Police said the weather has reduced visibility to 10m (32ft).
The privately-owned helicopter vanished while over Caernarfon Bay en route to Dublin from Milton Keynes.


Missing helicopter: Police launch Snowdonia ground search - BBC News
 

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Most likely all dead at this stage. I wonder if they were wearing immersion suits?
 

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May not have landed in water at all. Seems with all modern devices that wreckage cant be found- unless its under water of course
 

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It will be interesting to see how much time its takes to recover the wrecked airframe and bring it to the surface. It will hardly take them 2 weeks +.
 

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And a cheery good morning to you to.
50% of helicopter crash and ditching landing survivors in the sea, die usually of drowning after severe hypothermia.
 

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It will be interesting to see how much time its takes to recover the wrecked airframe and bring it to the surface. It will hardly take them 2 weeks +.
If the wreckage is in a place as deep as Blacksod Bay it might well take them 2 weeks if the weather is not good.
 

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you tend to associate helicopters with short hops, If I was going from London to Ireland I'd prefer a small plane, preferably a twin engine one.
 

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Interesting how the imaginations are already racing off to speculate about hypothermia and immersion suits, when it's not even clear that the aircraft crashed in the sea. Most of the search effort is concentrated on land so far.
 

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Interesting how the imaginations are already racing off to speculate about hypothermia and immersion suits, when it's not even clear that the aircraft crashed in the sea. Most of the search effort is concentrated on land so far.
The Saville Row Suit is not good survival gear.
 

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If the wreckage is in a place as deep as Blacksod Bay it might well take them 2 weeks if the weather is not good.
Hang on a minute. My understanding is that it did not land at its refueling stop in Wales so surely the assumption is that it crashed inland ?
 


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