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Date Posted: Tue, Jun 26 2007, 12:43:56 PDT
Author: Celtic League
Subject: GALWAY AIR SHOW - HELICOPTER DOOR INJURES THREE SPECTATORS!

The danger of inviting the British Armed Forces to display their 'war toys' at public venues was graphically illustrated when the door fell off an RAF Merlin helicopter at the annual Galway Air Show on Sunday last June 24.
Three people were taken to hospital after the incident which happened in the early evening as the Merlin helicopter took off to return to the UK.

There is graphic footage of the incident at:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0625/air.html

What is disturbing about the latest incident is that the Merlin is one of the newer helicopters used by the British Armed Forces which has had safety problems with it's helicopters for many years.

In the circumstances spectators at the Galway Air Show had a narrow escape. It is also clear that the security of doors on military helicopters are still proving to be a "difficult technical area."

JB MOFFATT
DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION
CELTIC LEAGUE

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