Saturday 19 April 2014

Unlicensed pilot's show stunt a danger to public

AN unlicensed pilot carried out a low 'fly by' in a de-registered aircraft over a vintage farm machinery show only to crash to the ground after hitting a power line.

Officers from the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) discovered the Powerchute Kestrel Microlight aircraft breached flying regulations at the rally at Dunmore, Co Galway, on August 5, 2012, as it flew at a low height "close to and thereby endangering members of the public".

The pilot did not hold a valid pilot licence and flew without a permit at the rally.

The probe discovered the microlight had been de-registered with the UK authorities in February 2011 and had not been registered in Ireland with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

The IAA last night said it was reviewing the findings.

There were no injuries caused to those attending the show and the 63-year-old pilot escaped with minor injuries. The level of damage caused to his 22-year-old aircraft was also described as minor.

The pilot had 100 hours flying experience.

Irish Independent

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