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Lucky escape for pilot, after helicopter crashes in field next to primary school

The small craft was almost broken in two, after it hit overhead lines while coming in to land.

[Alan Hoare Photography]

A HELICOPTER PILOT had a lucky escape this afternoon, after his aircraft crashed into a field and was almost broken in two in Kinnity, Co Offaly.

According to witnesses at the scene, the small craft hit overhead cables as it was coming in to land next to Kinnity National School, at around 3.40pm.

The pilot – who was the only occupant – was uninjured in the incident, according to a Garda spokesperson.

The local fire service also responded to the scene.

[Alan Hoare Photography]

A couple had hired the aircraft to bring them from their wedding reception to a hotel in Roscrea.

The Department of Transport’s Air Accident Investigation Unit has been informed of the crash, and is expected to carry out an investigation.

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