F*cking disgaceful! Last Updated: Monday, 19 March 2007, 15:37 GMT E-mail this to a friend Printable version Mob attacks air crash ambulance The helicopter crashed into a field near a built-up area The helicopter crashed into a field near a built-up area An ambulance taking a casualty from an Army helicopter crash in County Armagh was forced to stop because of hostile crowds, the Ambulance Service has said. A group of youths ambushed the vehicle in Crossmaglen as it drove towards the Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry. A total of six people were injured, two airmen and four police officers, in the helicopter crash on Sunday. Stones, fireworks and snowballs were hurled at the ambulance crew as they attempted to treat the injured. "They stopped the vehicle for about a minute and shone torches into it," the Ambulance Service's director of operations, Brian McNeill, said. "We are only trying to do our job and it is difficult enough going to a major incident like that without having to deal with unruly crowds, and it is unacceptable." A number of people on the helicopter suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. It was confirmed four of the injured were taken to the Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry and two to the Craigavon Area Hospital - one by helicopter. A total of three police officers were later discharged, but one policeman was still being treated for a back injury. The craft crashed into a field close to Lismore housing estate and grounds of the Crossmaglen Rangers Gaelic Athletic Association club. Propellers were crushed and the tail had snapped off. Mr McNeill added: "We would appeal to people to stop this. Thankfully the person who was on the ambulance which stopped was not critically injured. "We are only interested in rescuing the casualties and saving lives." Up to seven ambulances and a several fire tenders rushed to the scene at about 1800 GMT on Sunday. An air accident investigation will now be carried out to find out why the accident happened. AND... The military is to carry out an investigation into why an army helicopter crashed in south Armagh. It happened in Crossmaglen just before 1800 GMT on Sunday at Foxfield Road, near an army base and a housing estate. Four police officers and two military personnel were taken to hospital. Three were later released after treatment. One is being treated for a back injury. The cause of the accident is not yet clear, but police said there was no indication of any terrorist link. It is understood at least one of the casualties was airlifted to Craigavon Area Hospital while others were taken to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry. As well as the person being treated for a serious back injury, two soldiers also remain in hospital. Eyewitnesses said the Lynx helicopter clipped a fence near the Lismore housing estate before crashing in the field. Vincent McParland and his wife watched the crash from their kitchen. "We heard it coming and looked out, it was coming in brave and hard and low, next thing it swooped round and we saw it going round twice and went over on its side - next thing it hit the ground," he said. The police said that ambulance crews removing the casualties from the scene came under attack by local youths throwing stones, fireworks and snowballs. Similar attacks were made on police officers on the ground. There are no reports of any casualties. Vincent McParland Vincent McParland said the helicopter came in hard DUP assembly member Ian Paisley Jnr said missile attacks on rescue workers were totally unacceptable. "What really concerns me is the complete lack of political leadership on the ground in Crossmaglen from republican leaders telling people that this sort of behaviour is just not acceptable and it must stop," he said. "We need to see that leadership and we need to see it fast." But Conor Murphy, the Sinn Fein MP for the area, said he personally got the youths to stop. "I saw kids throwing snowballs, we asked them to disperse and the vast majority of them did disperse and that was the end of it," he said. "There's no pleasure taken from the fact that British army or police personnel were injured in this, but what people want them to do is stop the helicopter flights and for the British army to complete their withdrawal from this area." SDLP assembly member Dominic Bradley said he had expressed concerns in the past about helicopter flights in the area. "These flights pose a threat to the safety of local people as well as to police personnel," he said. Last month, the Army guard post at Crossmaglen police station was removed as part of the government's plans to scale down the military presence in Northern Ireland. The site has been transformed for use solely as a police station.