General Aviation

Published on May 16th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Interim Report Published into Skydiving Accident Near Clonbullogue

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) have published an Interim Statement regarding their investigation into the accident involving a Cessna 208B, G-KNYS Near Clonbullogue, Co. Offaly on 13th May 2018. The nine-page report outlines the current findings of the investigation. As the final report is not ready for publication, Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (ICAO) requires that an interim statement be issued. So far the investigation has found that the trailing edge flaps were extended to approximately 20 degrees at the time of the accident and that the engine was producing power on impact. A data acquisition unit that was on-board has been downloaded and this is currently being matched up with radar data, CCTV cameras from a local wind farm and cameras worn by the Skydivers as they exited the aircraft. Incase you get into a car accident, click here to learn what to do after a car injury

The main areas of the Investigation include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • The general operation of the aircraft and the analysis and correlation of all information.
  • The lease of the aircraft and the piloting arrangements associated with the lease.
  • The oversight of parachuting operations in Ireland.
  • The carriage of a passenger on board an aircraft engaged in parachute operations.

The Investigation is ongoing and a Final Report will be published in due course. The full interim statement can be read here.

Photo above via AAIU Preliminary Report 2018 – 008

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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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