Helicopter Crashes News — 14 March 2017

The brother of a man injured in a helicopter smash died in a horrific plane crash in England, it has been revealed.

Donie Marron was badly hurt when he and son Dustin’s chopper came down in a garden in the Cooley Mountains, near Carlingford in Co Louth, at 5.15pm on Sunday.

Donie was airlifted to the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin with what are believed to be serious injuries.

Dustin was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

It has emerged that Mr Marron, who is well-known in the area, is a brother of the late Kevin Marron who was killed in a plane crash with nine other journalists in Eastbourne in 1984.

It is believed the helicopter crashed into a grove of trees in the garden of an unoccupied holiday home as it approached a landing pad at their home just across a narrow roadway.

The men had to be cut out of the wreckage by the emergency services and the Coast Guard helicopter was called out to take Donie to Dublin.

Green Party councillor Mark Dearey today paid tribute to Mr Marron.

He told the Irish Mirror: “I would know Donie from down through the years – he’s well-known in the area.

“He’s always had such a huge thirst for life and hopefully that spirit can carry him through this.

“This is a manoeuvre I presume they’ve done before but it didn’t go good this time.

“My thoughts are with the family at this time.”

A Coast Guard spokesman said: “Greenore Coast Guard unit was tasked to assist at the scene of a crashed light aircraft with two people on board.

“The aircraft had come down on the outskirts of Carlingford.

“The two casualties were freed from the aircraft by Louth County fire service crews from Dundalk and Carlingford and attended to by crews from the National Ambulance Service.

“Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 was routed from Dublin to transport one casualty and when on scene Greenore Coast Guard assisted with the landing and subsequent loading of the injured person. The second casualty was transported by road.”

The Air Accident Investigation Unit continued their examination of the wreckage yesterday in an attempt to discover the cause of the crash.

Its remains were transported to a facility in Gormanstown, Co Meath, for further tests.

The Marrons are well known in Carlingford, with Donie formerly running a popular pub in the picturesque town.

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