Helicopter in crash landing

A HELICOPTER pilot was forced into making a crash landing at City of Derry Airport on Sunday afternoon.

The incident happened during a training exercise shortly before 5pm. The pilot was said to be qualified, but was taking a refresher course.

The pilot, who was the only person in the helicopter was treated for shock and minor cuts and bruising. No one else was injured in the incident.

It is thought he was practicising manoeuvres when a gust of wind tipped the helicopter on its side.

Airport manager Damien Tierney said the helicopter was 20 feet above the ground when the pilot lost control.

"The aircraft hit the ground quite hard, sustaining a substantial amount of damage to the aircraft. But the pilot fortunately was able to walk away with just minor injuries," Mr Tierney said.

The runway was closed for 40 minutes as staff made sure there was no debris on the ground.

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