Written answers

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Department of Defence

Military Aircraft

Photo of Mark WardMark Ward (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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27. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the investigation into the incident when a helicopter door fell off and landed in a school in Clondalkin in May 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28896/20]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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I am advised by military management that a formal investigation into the incident is on-going. I understand that this investigation is examining the technical and operational aspects of the incident and will make appropriate recommendations.

Given the nature of the incident, the investigation is being led by the Air Corps Flight Safety Officer in accordance with Air Regulations Manual Part F - Flight Safety, Section 7 Accident and Incident Investigation. I await the outcome of this investigation.


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