Shocked onlookers reportedly screamed in horror as a helicopter door broke off the aircraft at 800ft and plummeted to earth, hitting a nearby building before coming to land in the grounds of a secondary school where kids were playing.
The secondary school gates had been opened to give children a place to play, and eyewitnesses reported seeing kids run for their lives as the door came crashing down.
The incident occurred yesterday in the densely populated Dublin suburb of Clondalkin. The chopper door travelled over a pub and a busy Tesco car park before landing in a field at Moyle Park College.
And, in an incredibly fortunate twist of fate, nobody was injured in the incident.
A witness reported: “I saw something, it didn’t look like it was that heavy, it was just swirling around.
“Then I saw, Jesus Christ it was a door!
“It was nearly over The Laurels Pub [roughly 200m from where the door eventually landed as the crow flies] when it came off, and it landed in Moyle Park, that’s how much it moved in the air.
“But Jesus, if it had landed in the car park or on Tesco… It bounced with an almighty bang when it hit the roof.”
The metal door, which is roughly six-feet wide and has two windowpanes in it, missed several newsagents and takeaways on its final flight, but it was the packed out supermarket car park that posed the biggest risk.
The witness went on: “I didn’t know if anyone had been hurt, and I was literally in the car park in Tesco screaming across: ‘Look up! Look up! Get out of there!’
“The way it was swirling, you’d never know where it would have hit. You would have been brown bread if it had have hit you.”
Irish Police have since closed off the scene at the college.