Wednesday 24 January 2018

Probe into pilot death referred to AG's office

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

CONCERNS about the inquiry into the death of a young Air Corps cadet, who died in a training accident, have been referred to the Attorney General.

Last May Donal and Liz Jevens wrote a 200-page report for Justice Minister Alan Shatter, highlighting their concerns at what they perceived to be flaws in the military inquiry into the death of their son David (22) in 2009.

After several weeks of review, the Justice Minister referred the issue to the Attorney General. A decision on the matter is expected in the coming days.

The family are now hoping that the Attorney General will call for the inquiry to be re-opened.

However, they warned that if the Attorney General fails to do so they will pursue the case through the European Courts.

David Jevens (22) died alongside Capt Derek Furniss (32) in an Air Corps training crash on the Galway-Mayo border on October 12, 2009.

His father Donal said the family were hopeful that the Attorney General would order a fresh inquiry into the deaths.

"We are waiting on tenterhooks," he said.

The Defence Forces internal military court report attributed the cause of the crash to spatial disorientation brought on by somatogravic illusion during an emergency manoeuvre in deteriorating weather.

Irish Independent

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