Irish defence spending lowest in EU - The Irish TimesHelicopters, which are vitally importance to a small military force such as Ireland, have also seen a massive decline in the number rotary fleet airframes available. From a high of 16 helicopters in the fleet, the number has fallen to just eight, two EC 135 and six AW 139 and these are expected to continue to deliver the required Defence Forces training and other support capabilities, over the lifetime of the White Paper (i.e. for at least the next ten years).
Irish Defence budget increases but is it enough?
So sad. That helicopter would fly twice daily near my house, always a welcome sight . Hoping for a miracle that some of the crew survive.
This is a tragedy of a different kind, when someone is lost at sea the fishing community comes together to mourn our loss, but there are thousands of people who still have a father, a brother, a son, a friend because of the bravery of these men, I know I am one.
I have seen these men in action, I have been in their helicopter, they wait in warm comfort till a desperate call sends them into a howling hell of wind, water and frightened fishermen. They lower a man unto a target bristling with masts, derek's, ropes and aerials thats pitching and rolling and within minutes their gone, speeding someones son to safety.
These men are the bravest of the brave, it does not matter if you are Irish or Spanish, black or white, muslim or christian if you are at sea and in trouble these men and women will risk their lives to save you.
My heart goes out to the families of the crew who have lost their loved ones and I hope they are found, i hope the survivor recovers and I hope we as a nation recognise that this is our loss and we properly salute our true heroes.
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Following serious controlability incident on a S92 at the end of December in the North Sea the manufacturer mandated that immediate tail rotor inspections be carried out on all these helicopters.
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...earing-433071/On 10 January Sikorsky issued an alert service bulletin to all S-92 operators worldwide requiring immediate inspection of the TRPCS bearing, causing many aircraft to be withdrawn from service.
The lack of any distress call might point towards a mechanical failure.
Doesnt sound good.