PRESS RELEASE – August 24, 2018

The review of Search and Rescue service, commissioned by Transport Minister Shane Ross in the wake of the R116 helicopter crash in April 2017, yet to be published, appears to indicate “serious confusion and conflict of interest” at the heart of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) operations.

The Review did not directly examine the circumstances of the crash that led to the loss of four rescuers off the County Mayo coast, but according to Brid Smith TD, (People Before Profit, Dublin South Central)  “the outcome of the review could possibly guide any investigation into the crash as to what may have gone wrong”.

The IAA is mandated as a commercial entity and has a corporate structure and this appears to conflict with its remit for safety regulatory oversight functions.Read more »

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HELICOPTER DEATHS-THE DARK SIDE! We now find out that not only did the rescue services have dodgy maps – they had dodgy safety equipment and were complaining about this, literally for years before the terrible acccident in Mayo. I referred to this on radio on Saturday. The Irish Aviation Authority deny responsibilty. So does the Minister. Meantime the families still grieve and light touch regulation puts more brave rescue workers at risk. This stinks to high heaven.

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