Published on November 2nd, 2015 | by Mark Dwyer


AAIU Report Round Up

It’s been a few months since we’ve published a round up of the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) Incident and Accident Reports. The following reports have been published since our last update. A full list of reports can also be found HERE. They’re also available at the AAIU website –

The fundamental purpose of such investigations is to determine the circumstances and causes of these events, with a view to the preservation of life and the avoidance of similar occurrences in the future. It is not the purpose of such investigations to apportion blame or liability.

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EI-EMH and EI-EKK, Boeing 737-8AS, Ryanair

Incident/Accident Date: 2014-10-07

Report No: 2015-019, Published: 2015-10-09

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While turning right from Taxiway (TWY) F2 via LINK 2 and taxiing towards TWY A to hold short of runway (RWY) 34 at EIDW, the tip of the port side winglet of EI-EMH struck the starboard side elevator of EI-EKK. At the time, EI-EKK was stationary on LINK 2 at the entrance to TWY F1 awaiting sequenced departure off RWY 28. The winglet of EI-EMH and the elevator of EI-EKK were substantially damaged. There were no injuries. Three Safety Recommendations have been made as a result of this investigation.
N808CA , Piper PA-32R-301, Private

Incident/Accident Date: 2015-05-31

Report No: 2015-018, Published: 2015-10-08

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The aircraft was landing at Ballyboe Airfield near Clonmel following a flight conducted under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) from Newmarket Heath Airfield in the United Kingdom. During the landing roll the left wingtip of the aircraft contacted high crops adjacent to the grass runway. This contact caused the aircraft to veer to the left side of the runway. The aircraft departed the prepared surface and the right-hand undercarriage leg collapsed resulting in further damage to the aircraft. The aircraft came to rest straddling the edge of the runway and the adjacent field. There were no injuries.
G-SKYE, Cessna TU206G Stationair 6, Private

Incident/Accident Date: 2014-06-21

Report No: 2015-017, Published: 2015-09-21

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The aircraft, a Cessna TU206G, was being used for parachuting/skydiving activities at Abbeyshrule (EIAB) on the day of the accident. Shortly after take-off, the Pilot felt what was described as a “knock” following which the engine lost power. This resulted in the Pilot making a forced landing in a nearby field. There were five people on board the aircraft – the Pilot and four skydivers. The skydivers comprised of two tandem pairs, with each pair being made up of a qualified skydiver and a person skydiving for charity secured to him. Following the forced landing, all occupants successfully evacuated the aircraft, which sustained substantial damage. The Pilot and qualified skydivers reported no injuries at the scene. The two charity skydivers attended a local hospital, but were released a short time later. The Investigation found that the cause of the engine power loss was a failure of the crankshaft. Five Safety Recommendations are issued as a result of this investigation.
EI-RJH, Avro RJ85, Cityjet

Incident/Accident Date: 2014-05-22

Report No: 2015-016, Published: 2015-08-26

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Shortly after departure from Dublin Airport (EIDW), the Flight Crew noticed fumes and smoke entering the cockpit. Fumes and smoke were also reported in the passenger cabin. The Flight Crew donned their oxygen masks and smoke goggles and carried out the appropriate emergency checklist actions. The aircraft returned to EIDW and landed safely, by which time the smoke had dissipated. The aircraft taxied to its parking stand and the passengers and crew disembarked normally. Subsequent examination of the No. 4 engine found a leak in an oil supply pipe, which is likely to have caused oil contamination of the bleed air supply used for air conditioning.
EI-DNN, Bede BD-5G, Private

Incident/Accident Date: 2015-07-25

Report No: 2015-015, Published: 2015-08-24

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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.
EI-CMT, Piper PA-34 Seneca, Atlantic Flight Training Academy

Incident/Accident Date: 2013-05-29

Report No: 2015-014, Published: 2015-08-20

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During the landing roll the aircraft nose landing gear (NLG) retracted. The aircraft nose and both propellers contacted the runway surface. Damage to the aircraft was substantial. There were no injuries.
OK-TUR 22, Roko Aero NG4 UL, Private

Incident/Accident Date: 2014-12-30

Report No: 2015-013, Published: 2015-07-06

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The microlight aircraft departed Newcastle Airfield (EINC), County Wicklow, with two pilots on board. The intention was to perform a short flight before returning to EINC. Approximately 20 minutes into the flight, a small amount of blue smoke was noticed in the cockpit, followed by a loss of engine oil pressure. The decision was made to carry out a forced landing and a suitable field was selected. To prevent engine damage, the Pilot shut down the engine during the approach to the chosen field. The aircraft landed and came to rest without further incident. There were no injuries and the aircraft was undamaged. Subsequent examination revealed that a hose supplying engine oil to the engine oil cooler had disconnected in flight, resulting in the loss of all engine oil. Two Safety Recommendations have been made as a result of this investigation.


About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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