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Three dead in fatal helicopter crash

By Robbie Dove     Oct 24, 2010 in Travel
Hilltown - A helicopter crash, which occurred on Saturday, has left a pilot and two passengers from South-East England dead in the Mourne Mountains.
The dead were visiting Northern Ireland for the day of shooting in County Fermanagh.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland are communicating with the Metropolitan Police about contacting the families of those who died.
Air accident investigators are due at the crash scene today for further investigations.
The medium-sized Agusta helicopter - which is capable of carrying up to approximately eight people - is believed to have taken off from Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, and the accident occurred at around 1600 BST on Saturday, close to Hilltown.
Mountain rescue teams, the Fire & Rescue services and the Northern Ireland Ambulance service were all called to the scene instantly, after the crash in Leitrim Lodge, a small area between Hilltown and Rostrevor.
Member of Parliament Margaret Ritchie, representative of South Down, said she was "very saddened" to hear about the news of the accident.
She said:
"On behalf of the people of South Down and those I represent, I offer my deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the families of the bereaved at this most tragic time."
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