4 were killed 10 years ago in a helicopter accident (one of those Dauphins). Not sure if that was a training exercise or not.Terrible news. Thoughts with the family. Hopefully not an issue with servicing the planes etc.
For a small air arm the Air Corps have a bit of an issue with death in service.
It's not far from Cong/Mam Cross, to give people a more relative idea.Statement from the DOD:
Defence Forces Press Office
12 October 2009. 11.10 pm.
The crew and wreckage of the Air Corps Pilatus PC 9 reported missing this evening have been located and the two crew members, the flight instructor and cadet pilot, are unfortunately confirmed dead. Their remains are at the scene of the crash, which has been sealed off by local Gardaí and Fire Crews.
The crash site will be examined at first light tomorrow morning by Air Accident Investigators from the Air Corps and Department of Transport. The remains of the two crew can only be removed after the scene has been cleared of the explosives from the PC 9 ejector seats which would be at the crash site also.
Names of the crew of the aircraft will not be released until it is confirmed that their families have been informed by Air Corps personnel. The Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley and the General Officer Commanding the Air Corps, Brigadier General Ralph James have expressed their deepest sympathies on behalf of the Defence Forces at this difficult time for the families of these deceased airmen.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Note: The location of the crash site is in the area of Crumlin-East/Crumlin West, north of Lough Corrib, on the Galway-Mayo border.
Yes, I'm about 20 miles from it at the moment, and while it was low cloud today, it would not have been muggy/foggy, looks like they were training for night flying as it happened at 6.20, and they were to/or had refuelled in Galway.It's not far from Cong/Mam Cross, to give people a more relative idea.
Weather was beautiful in Galway all day, some low cloud moved in around 5pm with drizzle by 7.Not looking good, yes they have ejection seats but I don't know if they were used. You can eject successfully and it can still be fatal. Anyone know what the weather was like, were they doing low level mountain training I wonder?