Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92. Photo courtesy of the Irish Coast Guard
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) are urging the Irish Minister for Transport to conduct an independent review into the Irish air accident investigation unit (AAIU). Both organizations seek the review regarding AAIU’s investigation into what caused the accident of Flight “Rescue 116” Sikorsky S-92A helicopter near Black Rock Island in March 2017.
IFALPA and ECA’s call for the review comes following AAIU’s recent publication of a preliminary report and interim statement on what caused the accident of the helicopter, which was taking part in a search and rescue (SAR) mission. The publication featured several safety recommendations that are supported by both organizations.
“To further improve the safety of SAR operations, and indeed all Irish aviation, IFALPA and ECA urge the Irish Minister for Transport to conduct an independent review into the oversight of such operations. Effective safety oversight is crucial to identify safety risk and prevent such tragedies from happening again,” IFALPA and ECA said in a joint statement.
IFALPA and ECA are also recommending that the scope of this review be applied to the wider aviation sector in Ireland.