Approximately 5 minutes after OO-TYP took-off from Galway Airport, for a VFR flight to Saint-Ghislan, in Belgium, a member of the public reported to An Garda SÃochÃ¡na (Irish Police Force) that an aircraft had crashed in the Galway Cricket Grounds at Lydican, Oranmore, Galway. The aircraft was later identified as OO-TYP. The aircraft’s two occupants, Belgian Nationals, suffered fatal injuries.
Eyewitness reports, and analysis of the wreckage distribution, determined that the aircraft had spun out of cloud with a significant portion of its starboard wing missing.
The Investigation concluded that a possible attempted recovery manoeuvre by the Pilot, following loss of control due to disorientation from an intentional or inadvertent flight in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC), sufficient to overload the wing structure, was most likely the cause of the wing failure. Once the wing section had separated from the main body of the aircraft, the aircraft was unflyable and it spun to earth.