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Published on November 5th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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IAA Aviation Regulator Statement Regarding R116 AAIU Report

The IAA Aviation Regulator has welcomed the publication of the final report on the fatal crash of Rescue 116 in 2017. The Aviation Regulator has reviewed and fully accept the recommendations addressed to the IAA, which have already been implemented or are proceeding to full implementation. At the time of the R116 accident, the IAA exercised safety oversight of the operator through their Air Operator Certificate and a national Search & Rescue approval. As indicated in the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) report, Search & Rescue regulation is not covered by ICAO or EU safety rules. The AAIU has recommended that the EU Commission review Search & Rescue safety standards at the European level with a view to developing guidance material, and the IAA supports this recommendation. The IAA continues to work on an ongoing basis with the European Commission and EASA in the development of safety rules.

The IAA is currently undergoing a programme of institutional restructuring, which will establish a new, single, independent aviation regulator for civil aviation in Ireland. This conforms with best practice for institutional structure and governance for regulators in Europe and globally. The statement from the IAA Aviation Regulator also took the opportunity to again express the greatest sympathy to the families and friends of the four crew members of the Irish Coast Guard R116, who tragically lost their lives while undertaking a rescue mission on 14 March 2017.

The final report containing 42 Safety Recommendations are made as a result of this investigation was published by the Air Accident Investigation Unit on Friday 5th November 2021 and then full report can be viewed here.

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