Friday 16 November 2018

Rescue 116 investigation is 'making steady progress'

Ciaran Smith.
Ciaran Smith.

John Manning

The Air Accident Investigation Unit has said it is making 'steady progress' in investigating the cause of the crash of Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 116 which was lost at sea off County Mayo last year, taking its four crew members with it, including Oldtown's Ciaran Smith.

The AAIU Investigation into the accident involving the loss of R116 and its four crew members at Blackrock on March 14, 2017 is still in the process of gathering factual and background information and is making 'steady progress', according to a statement from the unit.

The statement added: 'The AAIU again extends its condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this accident.

'International Convention, and associated National and European legislation, require that, if a final report cannot be made publicly available within 12 months of the date of the accident, an interim statement detailing the progress of the investigation and any safety issues raised, will be made publicly available.

'The AAIU wishes to advise that due to the depth and breadth of this Investigation, it will not be possible to issue a final report within 12 months of the date of the accident and therefore an interim statement will be published.'

It added: 'The Investigation is endeavouring to issue this interim statement before the anniversary; however, it is not possible to say at this time when the interim statement will be published.'

Fingal Independent