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British Helicopter crashes in South Armagh

31 March, 2005

Sinn Fein Assembly member for Newry & Armagh has demanded that all British Army helicopters in South Armagh are immediately grounded. Mr Murphy's comments come after a British Army helicopter crash landed this morning at Sturgon Bray just outside Camlough.

Mr Murphy said:

" I was contacted this morning by a local farmer in the Sturgon Bray area outside Camlough who reported that a British Army helicopter had come down close to his home. I am now at the scene and the helicopter is positioned precariously on a hillside close to a British Army spy post. This is not the first such incident of a British helcopter crashing near local homes.

" There have been serious concerns expressed over a number of years about the safety record of British military equipment in South Armagh. There is no purpose to the continuing low level flights in the area and no purpose behind the ongoing presence of British spy posts on our hillsides. Given the nature of this very serious incident this morning I am demanding that all British military helicopters in this area are immediately grounded." ENDS

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