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 an Ozone Geo 6 Paraglider at Sugarloaf Hill, Co. Tipperary, 5 March 2022. Report 2022-011

November 2, 2022

SYNOPSIS

The Pilot unpacked the paraglider canopy on the north side of Sugarloaf Hill, Co. Tipperary. He allowed the wind to inflate the canopy and a take-off was performed. The Pilot flew briefly towards the north-east before performing a left turn through approximately 180 degrees. The paraglider suddenly lost altitude as it continued to turn and the Pilot collided with terrain not far from the take-off point. The Pilot was seriously injured and was airlifted to hospital.

Preliminary Report: Accident involving an Airwave Hang Glider/Mosquito Motor Harness, Near Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare 18 September 2022 Report 2022-010

October 24, 2022

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 contain errors; any errors in this Report will be corrected in the Final Report.

Final Report: Accident involving a non powered Paraglider adjacent to Nine Stones car park, Mt Leinster, Co. Carlow, 09 July 2022. Report 2022-009

October 19, 2022

SYNOPSIS

The paraglider was launched from a point approximately 600 m north-west of the Nine Stones car park, adjacent to Mt. Leinster, Co. Carlow, Ireland, and was subsequently flown to an area east of the car park. As the paraglider was north-east of the car park, flying in a south-westerly direction, parallel to the road leading to the car park, it performed a sharp left turn, which was towards the up-slope of the hill. The Pilot impacted with terrain just to the south of the road and sustained serious back injuries.

Final Report: Accident involving a Piper PA23-250F, EI-WMN , at Shannon Airport, 02 December 2019. Report 2022-008

July 21, 2022
SYNOPSIS
During the landing on Runway 24 at Shannon Airport (EINN), the nose landing gear of the Piper PA23 aircraft collapsed, causing the aircraft’s two propellers to strike the runway. The aircraft came to rest on the left side of the runway. The Pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured and exited the aircraft normally. There was no fire.

Final Report: Accident involving a Thruster, T600N-450 microlight aircraft, EI-GOE, at Woolengrange, Co. Kilkenny, 2 March 2021. Report 2022-007

July 11, 2022
SYNOPSIS
 
During a local circuit flight conducted from a private grass airstrip, in the Woolengrange area of Co. Kilkenny, the microlight aircraft experienced engine difficulties when climbing away from the airstrip. The Pilot conducted a forced landing in an agricultural field close to the airstrip. During the landing roll the aircraft impacted with a line of raised ground which traversed the field. The aircraft decelerated suddenly, and slewed around coming to rest on a heading that was approximately reciprocal to its original direction of travel. The aircraft was destroyed in the impact sequence. The Pilot, who was the sole occupant of the microlight, sustained severe injuries as a result of the accident; extricated himself from the wreckage and was assisted by local residents who attended the scene. There was no fire.
 
 

Final Report: Accident involving a BRM Aero, Bristell NG5, registration G-OJCS near Belan, Co. Kildare. 13 June 2019. Report 2022-006

May 27, 2022
SYNOPSIS
On 13 June 2019, at 18.02 hrs, the aircraft, a Bristell NG5 ‘Speedwing’, took off from Kilrush Airfield (EIKH), Co. Kildare, with two pilots on board. The purpose of the flight was to familiarise one of the new owners with the aircraft. During the flight, two stall exercises were carried out. Both stall exercises were commenced from an altitude of approximately 3,300 ft. During recovery from the second stall, the aircraft departed from controlled flight and commenced a rapid descent, entered a spiral dive, following which the aircraft entered a flat spin. The aircraft remained in the flat spin until it impacted the ground in an agricultural grass field, approximately 5.2 nautical miles (NM) south of EIKH, at Belan, Co. Kildare. The aircraft was destroyed. Both occupants were fatally injured. There was no fire.
Ten Safety Recommendations are made as a result of this Investigation

Final Report: Accident involving an ATEC v.o.s., Zephyr 2000, registration EI-DGV near Athenry Co. Galway. 12 June 2021. Report 2022-005

April 28, 2022
SYNOPSIS
 
On touchdown at a private airfield near Athenry, Co. Galway, the aircraft, with one Pilot on board, encountered a gust of wind from the west. The gust caused the aircraft to drift left towards a line of trees running parallel to the runway. The Pilot tried to turn the aircraft away from the trees, but was unsuccessful. The Pilot applied full power in an attempt to take-off again. During the attempted take-off, the left wing tip struck several trees. The aircraft continued over the airfield’s eastern boundary hedgerow, and came to rest in an agricultural field adjacent to the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed. There was no fire.              

Final Report: Serious Incident involving a Robin HR200-100, registration D-EIIL, Dowth Hall Airstrip, Co. Meath. 10 August 2021. Report 2022-004

March 25, 2022
SYNOPSIS
 
During a landing at a private airstrip at Dowth Hall, the aircraft touched down hard and bounced, before touching down again. The nose landing gear was damaged during the landing, which caused the aircraft to veer to the left, and depart the side of the runway. The two occupants were uninjured and exited the aircraft normally. There was no fire.
 

Final Report: Accident involving a Comco Ikarus C42B, registration EI-ERM, at Bartragh Island, Co. Mayo, 3 January 2021. Report 2022-003

March 10, 2022
SYNOPSIS
 
The Comco Ikarus C42B aircraft, with the Pilot and one passenger on board, was en route from Sligo Airport (EISG) to Belmullet Aerodrome, Co. Mayo (EIBT). When the aircraft was overhead Bartragh Island, Co. Mayo, at an altitude estimated by the Pilot to be six to seven hundred feet, the engine cut out. The Pilot made one attempt to restart the engine without success, before carrying out a forced landing on a sandy beach on the south-western side of the island. The nose landing gear and right main landing gear collapsed during the landing and detached before the aircraft came to rest. The Pilot and passenger were uninjured and exited the aircraft unaided. There was no fire.
 
 

Final Report: Accident Involving a BRM, Land Africa (Citius), Registration EI-FBY at Ballyheelan Co. Cavan on 21 April 2021. Report no 2022-002

February 21, 2022
SYNOPSIS
 
The BRM Land Africa (Citius) aircraft departed Ballyheelan Airfield, Co Cavan for a local flight on 21 April 2021. The Pilot, who was the sole occupant, estimated the wind speed to be 25 miles per hour (mph) at departure. The Pilot stated that one hour later, when returning to land, the wind speed had increased and was gusting to an estimated 35 mph. He said that as the aircraft crossed the runway threshold, he reduced engine power and just before touchdown the aircraft appeared to sink and stall, resulting in a hard landing on the runway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to its undercarriage. The Pilot was uninjured. There was no fire
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