Published on April 25th, 2016 | by Mark Dwyer


New AAIU Reports Released

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) have released two new reports in the last week and circulated 2 foreign incident investigations involving Irish aircraft. Details of all four reports are included below. All reports published by the AAIU are available from the AAIU Page on this website (Click HERE)

BAe 125-800B, N1310H, Co. Kerry, 16 June 2015

N1310H Sebastian Sowa

N1310H Sebastian Sowa

The Aircraft departed Runway (RWY) 26 at Kerry Airport (EIKY) for a transatlantic flight to Gander (CYQX), Newfoundland, Canada. Shortly after departure, as it was passing 1,800 ft, the aircraft contacted Shannon low level control. When requested to confirm their squawk and passing altitude, the Flight Crew read back the correct squawk and stated that they were level at Flight Level Two Hundred.

The Controller was concerned that the aircraft had levelled out at 2,000 ft and was tracking towards high ground in the Slieve Mish area of Co. Kerry. The controller then instructed the Flight Crew to climb to Flight Level Three Zero Zero and to expedite their climb until they were through four thousand feet. The Flight Crew complied with this instruction and the flight proceeded without further incident. CLICK HERE to view full report.

Laser Z200, PH-LSR Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford, 20 March 2016

PH-LSR K Donohoe

PH-LSR K Donohoe / AAIU Report

[Preliminary Report] As the aircraft passed abeam the aerodrome in an easterly direction it conducted more rolling manoeuvres. A witness reported seeing the aircraft descending rapidly towards the ground during these manoeuvres and that it impacted the ground in a nose-down attitude. The elapsed time from take-off until the end of the flight was estimated to be between 14 and 15 minutes flying time. CLICK HERE to view full report.


ATR 72-212 A, EI-REM, Ronaldsway, (Isle of Man) Airport, 22 December 2015

EI-REM Dutch

EI-REM Dutch

The co-pilot, who was undergoing line training under supervision, mishandled the flare slightly and the tail bumper, on the underside of the rear fuselage, made light contact with the runway. The aircraft was inspected and no maintenance action was necessary for it to continue in service. CLICK HERE to view full report.

BAe Avro RJ85, EI-RJH Belfast International Airport, 12 November 2015

EI-RJH Pier Francesco Baglivo

EI-RJH Pier Francesco Baglivo

The flight crew were unable to land at their destination, Dublin, due to high winds. They initiated a diversion to Belfast International, but their approach there was delayed due to an area of poor weather affecting the airport. Once this cleared, the aircraft was able to land at Belfast, although it did so with less that the required Final Reserve fuel remaining. CLICK HERE to view full report.

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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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