A man who flew a helicopter that crash-landed next to a pub has been released without charge after being questioned on suspicion of endangerment.
The pilot, a British businessman in his 60s, was arrested by gardaí in Dublin Airport and taken to Longford Garda Station. He was questioned before being released without charge.
A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Schoolboy Ciaran Doyle (14), who witnessed the incident, was gardening with his father when they noticed the helicopter flying very low over head.
“It was hovering very low. It hit off the Rustic then flipped on to its side, and bits of it went off the side,” Ciaran said.
“The issue of endangerment is being looked at in a big way here by gardaí. The pilot tried to land the helicopter in a very small, tiny, parcel of land and obviously it crashed into the back of a pub,” a source explained.