AAIU Reports

The following is a listing of Investigation Reports published by the Air Accident Investigation Unit concerning accidents and incidents that occurred within Ireland, including its airspace and territorial waters. This list will also include Investigations concerning Irish-registered and/or operated aircraft which were delegated to the AAIU by Foreign Accident Investigation Authorities in accordance with ICAO Annex 13. Reports may be sorted based on Occurrence Date or Publication Date using the Search Facility below.

Final Report: Serious Incident involving a Socata MS880B, registration EI-BNU, at Navan Airfield, Co. Meath on 11 July 2022. Report No. 2023-015

December 22, 2023

During a crosswind landing on Runway 27 at Navan Airfield (EIHH), the trailing arm of the aircraft’s left main landing gear fractured. The aircraft veered to the left and its left main wheel entered longer grass to the side of the grass runway. As the aircraft decelerated, the left wing dropped, and its lower surface contacted the longer grass. The aircraft turned further to the left and came to rest adjacent to the left side of the runway. The Pilot and the one passenger on board exited the aircraft normally. There was no fire. No injuries were reported to the Investigation.

Final Report: Incident involving a Cessna 150M, registration EI-HJX, at Ballinglen, Co. Wexford on 12 May 2023. Report No. 2023-014

December 12, 2023

While flying at an altitude of approximately 2,500 feet, north-east of Gorey, Co. Wexford, with a student and instructor on board, the instructor observed hot engine oil flowing from the instrument panel of the Cessna 150M aircraft, and that the engine oil pressure gauge had no pressure indication. A precautionary landing was completed into an agricultural field. The occupants evacuated the aircraft unaided. Subsequently, it was identified that an unapproved repair had been carried out on the engine oil pressure gauge supply pipe, and that this repair had failed. There were no injuries or fire.

Interim Statement: Accident involving a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter (N999RL) that occurred at Kennycourt, Co. Kildare on 11 December 2022, Report 2023-013

November 30, 2023

The AAIU has published an Interim Statement of a fatal accident involving a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter (N999RL) that occurred at Kennycourt, Co. Kildare on 11 December 2022 at 15:45 hrs. This Interim Statement does not contain analysis or conclusions.

The purpose of this Interim Statement is to detail the progress of the Investigation. For completeness, this Interim Statement should be read in conjunction with the Preliminary Report (AAIU Report No. 2023-001), which was published on 10 January 2023.

Final Report: Accident involving a Rollason D.62B Condor, registration EI-BDX, at Gibletstown, Duncormick Co. Wexford on 06 October 2019. Report 2023-012

November 10, 2023

At approximately 16:10 hrs on 6 October 2019, the aircraft, a Rollason D.62B Condor, registration EI-BDX, departed ILAS Field (EIIF) near Taghmon, Co. Wexford, for a flight which was planned to last approximately one hour. There were two persons on board the aircraft: the Pilot, who was seated in the left seat, and an Instructor, who was seated in the right seat. Witnesses reported that at approximately 16:40 hrs, the aircraft emitted a loud noise and broke up in the air in the Duncormick area of Co. Wexford. Local persons proceeded to the scene and the emergency services that had attended determined that both occupants had been fatally injured. The aircraft was destroyed. There was no fire.

Final Report: Accident involving a Sud Aviation SE 313B, Alouette II, registration N577AG, at Newcastle Airfield, Co. Wicklow on 16 July 2022. Report 2023-011

October 11, 2023

The helicopter, an Alouette II, was parked near a helipad at Newcastle Airfield. The Pilot, who was the sole occupant, started the engine and performed a lift-off. The helicopter hover-taxied at a low height along a grass taxiway before it commenced an uncommanded yaw to the left from which the Pilot was unable to recover. The helicopter impacted with terrain and sustained substantial damage. The Pilot, who was occupying the right-hand seat, was seriously injured in the accident. The accident caused a small grass fire which was quickly extinguished by individuals who came to the assistance of the Pilot.

Final Report: Serious Incident involving a Boeing 737-800, registration EI-EMM, at Dublin Airport, on 11 December 2021. Report 2023-010

August 23, 2023

Whilst disembarking the aircraft at Dublin Airport, following a scheduled flight from Arrecife Lanzarote Airport, a Passenger fell while descending the forward aircraft stairs (airstair). The Passenger fell from close to the top of the airstair, collided with another disembarking Passenger who tried to arrest the fall, and landed on the ground at the bottom of the airstair. The Passenger who had fallen sustained serious injuries. The other Passenger reportedly sustained minor injuries.

Final Report: Accident involving a Piper PA-28-181 (Archer II), registration G-BHNO, at Milltownpass Airstrip, Co. Westmeath, on 28 June 2022. Report 2023-009

August 16, 2023

The Piper PA-28-181 aircraft, touched down on Runway 24 at Milltownpass Airstrip in gusty conditions. During the landing roll, it departed the right-hand side of the runway and entered rough ground. The aircraft’s right wing struck a wooden post and the aircraft pivoted by approximately 180 degrees before it came to rest. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The Pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, was uninjured and exited the aircraft unaided. There was no fire.

Final Report: Accident involving an Airwave Hang Glider/Mosquito Motor Harness, Unregistered, near Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare on 18 September 2022. Report 2023-008

July 28, 2023

SYNOPSIS

At approximately 15:45 hrs on 18 September 2022, the Pilot prepared the powered hang glider for flight from an agricultural field, located near Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, and launched a short time later. The powered hang glider travelled less than 100 metres and impacted with the ground. There was no fire. The Pilot was fatally injured.

Final Report: Serious Incident involving a Cessna 182L, Registration EI-CDP, at Clonbullogue Airfield, Co. Offaly on 6th 0ctober 2018. Report 2023-007.

July 14, 2023

SYNOPSIS

During a parachute operations flight conducted from Clonbullogue Airfield (EICL), Co. Offaly, the aircraft, with one Pilot and four Skydivers on board, experienced uncharacteristic engine vibrations and a reduction in power. It was unable to continue its climb and the Pilot elected to return to the airfield. During the return, the engine power reduced further and a short time later the engine failed completely. The Pilot conducted an emergency landing on Runway 09. During the landing, the aircraft skidded sideways along the grass runway and came to a stop on a tarmac area beyond the end of the runway. The Pilot and four Skydivers were uninjured and evacuated the aircraft. The aircraft engine was subsequently found to have sustained substantial damage. There was no fire.

Final Report: Accident involving a Macfly/Dudek Nemo 4 Paramotor, Unregistered, at The Heath, Portlaoise, Co. Laois on 12 June 2021. Report 2023-006

May 3, 2023

SYNOPSIS

During an exercise intended to teach the paramotor Student to kite and control a paramotor wing (canopy) above his head, the paramotor inadvertently became airborne. The Student who was being supervised by an Instructor, released the throttle instantly but did not use the ‘Kill switch/button’ to fully de-power the engine. On contacting the ground, the Student fell over on his left side and his left hand made contact with the spinning propeller, injuring two of his fingers. The Student attended a hospital emergency department for immediate treatment, and subsequently underwent surgery at a second hospital.

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