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: 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


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


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


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.

Final Report: Accident involving an ICP Savannah S Aircraft, Registration EI-GHR, at Craughwell Airfield, Co. Galway, on 8 May 2022. Report 2023-005.

May 2, 2023

On approach to Runway 16 at Craughwell Airfield, the aircraft’s right wing dropped suddenly. Attempts to correct the aircraft attitude were unsuccessful, and the aircraft impacted the grass surface in a nose down attitude. The aircraft came to rest, inverted, and the two occupants, who were uninjured, released their harnesses and exited the aircraft unaided. There was no smoke or fire.

Final Report: Incident involving an ICP Savannah S aircraft, Registration EI-GUZ, at Clonbullouge Airfield (EICL) Co. Offaly, on 14 August 2022. Report 2023-004.

March 28, 2023

During a Private Pilot Licence skill test at Clonbullogue Airfield (EICL), Co. Offaly, the Savannah S aircraft, with a Student Pilot and a Flight Examiner on board, were conducting a simulated glide approach with the intention of a full-stop landing. During the landing, the aircraft bounced a number of times. The Examiner took control and initiated a go-around during which the aircraft briefly became airborne before the go-around was rejected. The aircraft landed and came to rest in a nose-down attitude at the side of the runway. The occupants, neither of whom was injured, exited the aircraft unaided. There was no fire.

Final Report: Incident involving a De Havilland, DH104 Dove 8, Registration G-OPLC, at Abbeyshrule Aerodrome, Co. Longford on 27 May 2021. Report 2023-003

March 16, 2023

Following a re-positioning flight from Coventry Airport (EGBE), UK, the twin-engine aircraft, with a Pilot and two passengers on board, touched down firmly at Abbeyshrule Aerodrome (EIAB). The aircraft veered to the right and departed the paved surface of the runway. The Pilot applied left rudder and brake, and also increased power in the right engine in an attempt to steer the aircraft back on to the runway. However, due to soft ground, the aircraft continued turning to the right and came to a stop on an adjacent grassed area south of the runway. All three blades of the right propeller sustained damage and the right main gear tyre was found to have deflated. The Pilot and passengers were uninjured. There was no fire.

Final Report Accident involving Reims Aviation SA, Cessna F172M, EI-DDC, 4th March 2022. Report 2023-002

January 24, 2023


Shortly after becoming airborne from Runway 27 at Navan Airfield (EIHH), the Pilot noticed that his airspeed was lower than expected and decided to land again. The aircraft touched down and bounced before touching down again. The aircraft departed the runway and impacted a perimeter fence at the end of the runway and came to rest in an adjacent field.During the runway excursion, the aircraft sustained minor damage. The Pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, was uninjured. There was no fire.

Preliminary Report: Accident involving a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter (N999RL), Kennycourt, Co. Kildare, Ireland, 11 December 2022, Report 2023-001

January 10, 2023

Please see the below Preliminary Report.

NOTE: This Preliminary Report contains information, as known at this time, and does not contain analysis or conclusions. This information is therefore subject to change and may subsequently be found to contain errors; any errors in this Report will be corrected in the Final Report.

Final Report: Accident involving a Ela Aviacion SL, ELA 07S. EI-FSR, at Spanish Point airfield Co, Clare 18 March 2022, Report 2022-012

December 30, 2022


During take-off from Runway 24 at Spanish Point Airfield (EISP), Co Clare, the tandem seat gyroplane, with one pilot and one passenger on board, encountered a gust of wind from the south-east which caused the gyroplane to depart from the runway centre line. The Pilot was unable to prevent the gyroplane from veering towards a boundary fence to the right of the runway where the main rotor struck a fence post. The gyroplane eventually came to rest on its left side and facing in the opposite direction to the departure runway. The Pilot was seriously injured in the accident. The gyroplane sustained substantial damage. There was no fire.

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