Updated: 05/04/17 : 11:05:31
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R116 wreckage brought ashore

The wreckage of Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 has been brought ashore just over three weeks since it crashed.

While sea and shoreline searches for two crew members continue, a large section of the engine, rotor head and gear box was transported to an air accident investigation facility.

The wreckage was lifted from the seabed off Blackrock island, off the coast of Co Mayo, on Sunday evening and transported to Galway Port on board the Irish Lights Vessel the Granuaile.

It was covered with tarpaulin and taken on a flat bed truck to the Air Accident Investigation Unit in Gormanston, Co Meath, where it will undergo detailed analysis.

Inspectors revealed at the weekend that initial reviews of the black box flight recorder showed there was no indication of any mechanical problems in the seconds before the helicopter hit Blackrock island and crashed into the sea on 14 March.

The bodies of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Captain Mark Duffy have been recovered.

Efforts to find those of winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith will carry on over the next few days with searches extending from north Galway to west Donegal.

Coast Guard units, the RNLI, fishermen's associations in Killybegs and Erris and Civil Defence teams are involved in the ongoing work.

The AAIU is expected to publish a preliminary report on the accident in the next ten days.

There was no indication of any danger moments before the Sikorsky S92 vanished, with the crew's final transmission: "Shortly landing at Blacksod."