R116 crash victims’ families visit site of helicopter crash on first anniversary of deaths

Pilots Dara Fitzpatrick and Mark Duffy, and winch crew Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith, died on March 14, 2017, when their Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed at Blackrock Island, 13km west of Blacksod. A source said visiting Blacksod ‘made it all so real’ for the devastated families.

Grieving family and friends made a poignant trip to the scene of the disaster which claimed four lives last year.

Hero pilots Dara Fitzpatrick and Mark Duffy, and winch crew Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith, died on March 14, 2017, when their Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed at Blackrock Island, 13km west of Blacksod.

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