A helicopter has crashed in Bettystown in Co Meath.

The aircraft crashed beside the Neptune Hotel, which is currently being used as a temporary secondary school.

The crash scene is inside the entrance of Neptune Terrace, which is a row of houses facing Bettystown beach.

The helicopter is an American-registered S76 helicopter with an Irish pilot on board.

It appears the pilot was attempting to land in Bettystown when the accident happened.

He escaped from the aircraft but two passers-by were hit with debris and some debris entered surrounding buildings.

The helicopter caught fire after it crashed but the emergency services extinguished the fire.

Four people including the pilot were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, however, have now been discharged.

A boy remains in hospital with what are thought to be minor injuries.

There are three members of the Air Accident Investigation Unit from the Department of Transport on site.

The emergency services have cordoned off the area.