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Saturday 14 December 2019

Air Corps crew make emergency landing

Majella O'Sullivan

AN Air Corps plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Kerry Airport yesterday morning after one of its two engines was shut down.

Crew on board the CASA maritime patrol aircraft declared a 'mayday' at 11.10am, after they shut down its port engine as a precautionary measure. The twin engine aircraft was on a routine maritime patrol about 120 miles off the west coast when a warning light activated in the cockpit.

The plane was diverted to Kerry Airport, where a controlled emergency landing was carried out. All six crew members are safe and well.

Kerry Airport manager Peter Moore said the plane touched down at 11.55am and the emergency was declared over within the hour.

All off-duty staff at Kerry Airport were called in to deal with the emergency and the gardai, three units of the fire brigade, as well as three ambulances, were on standby.

An Air Corps technical team from Baldonnel, Co Dublin, carried out an examination of the aircraft at Farranfore, Co Kerry, later that day.

This was the second emergency landing of an Air Corps aircraft at the airport this year. In April, the crew of another aircraft, also an Air Corps CASA, had to make an emergency landing when they noticed smoke in the cabin.

Irish Independent

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