Written answers

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Equipment

10:00 pm

Photo of Peter KellyPeter Kelly (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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Question 56: To ask the Minister for Defence if he has received a final report into an incident involving an Air Corps helicopter in Killarney, County Kerry on 2 March 2009; the findings of that report; if the report confirms or refutes a newspaper story (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24575/09]

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Minister, Department of Defence; Limerick East, Fianna Fail)
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The final report into the incident involving the Air Corps helicopter AW139 on 2 March 2009 was provided to me by General Officer Commanding Air Corps on 11 June 2009.

The final report was compiled following a detailed investigation into the incident by the Air Corps Military Airworthiness Authority. The investigation included interviews with the crew and passengers of the aircraft. The aircraft was fit for flight, and was crewed by a fully authorised and qualified flight crew.

The investigation determined that the left hand cabin door was not properly closed and locked following the last opening on the ground prior to the incident flight.

There is no suggestion in the report that the aircraft passengers were in any way responsible for this incident.

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