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Murphy demands that British Crown Force helicopters be grounded in Six Counties

8 March, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy has called on all Crown Force helicopters in the Six counties to be grounded following Saturday's crash landing in Portrush.

Mr. Murphy said:

"In the past number of years there has been a number of incidents were British military helicopters have crash landed. Recently two members of the Crown forces died in a crash outside Derry. On Saturday it was only through good fortune that this Lynx helicopter did not land on residential or commercial premises.

"In South Armagh this type of helicopter flies over homes, schools and shops on a 24 hour basis. There are clearly serious health and safety issues. Tens years into a peace process the British military have no justification for the continuation of military flights in the six counties and this is particularly the case given the pathetic safety record of their aircraft.

"I am calling for the immediate grounding of all British military helicopters operating in the Six Counties and for their removal back to their bases in England." ENDS

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