he wreckage of a uncommon kind of Royal Navy helicopter which crashed off the coast of Northern Eire 60 years in the past has been found.
The Westland Dragonfly went down in Lough Foyle throughout a restoration train in 1958.
It had been in service as an air-sea search and rescue helicopter, based mostly on the Royal Naval Air Station Eglinton, now the Metropolis of Derry Airport.
The stays of the craft have now been recognized as a part of a coastal survey.
The Topographic LiDAR & Orthophotography survey, offers excessive decision aerial images, near-infrared imagery, and 3D laser scans of the bottom floor.
It reveals what the shoreline at present appears to be like like in addition to figuring out scores of historic wrecks, castles and quays.
Whereas most had been already recorded on the Historic Setting File of Northern Eire (Heroni), greater than 150 new heritage websites had been found.
Remnants of the Dragonfly had been initially noticed within the aerial photographs of Lough Foyle earlier than an extra bodily inspection of the positioning revealed the wreck of a really early type of helicopter, mendacity on its starboard (proper) aspect on the gravelly financial institution.
Although closely corroded, the body of the helicopter and its three rotor blades had been principally intact, with remnants of the Royal Navy stencilling nonetheless discernible down the tail growth.
It was recognized as a 1955 Westland Dragonfly naval air-sea search and rescue helicopter, based mostly on the Royal Naval Air Station Eglinton, now the Metropolis of Derry Airport.
The helicopter had come down on November 25 1958, throughout a restoration train.
The precise place of the wreck shouldn’t be being launched because the crash website is situated on harmful tender sediment and there’s a vital variety of probably stay Second World Warfare and post-war ordnance on the website.
Additional data on the discover can be obtainable on a brand new coastal Data web site, The Northern Eire Coastal Observatory, which can be launched by the division of agriculture, atmosphere and rural affairs within the close to future.