Pilots' union raises concerns
THE Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA) said last night that the preliminary report by the AAIU raised "very serious questions" about European aviation regulations.
The president of IALPA, Captain Evan Cullen, said it had been a "difficult day" for the relatives and friends of the deceased but that air accident investigators needed to maintain safety and gain a "full insight into what happened".
He continued: "The preliminary report raises a number of questions about the circumstances of this accident. It suggests that the pilots on board the aircraft had relatively limited training and limited experience, and it is possible that both of these factors were contributory factors in the crash."
Captain Cullen added: "However, rather than seeking to apportion blame, I do think we need to question why the training and experience of the flight crew was limited in these circumstances."