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Anniversary Statement: Leonardo AW189, G-MCGT

Updated: Sep 6, 2023

Terrain warning sounded during go-around due to rising ground ahead, Ballintoy, County Antrim, 26 July 2021

This statement provides an update on the AAIB investigation into a serious incident involving a Leonardo AW189 helicopter, G-MCGT, at Ballintoy, County Antrim, on 26 July 2021.

At 2002 hrs the duty crew at Prestwick Airport were tasked by the Aeronautical Rescue and Co-ordination Centre with recovering a casualty who was receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation. While making an approach to the site of the casualty, who was situated just inland from the edge of the coast, the crew initiated a go-around during which a terrain warning sounded due to rising ground ahead.

The investigation is ongoing and the final report will be published in due course.

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