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All Rescue Helicopter Operations To Be Reviewed After 116 Crash


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An independent review is to be carried out into Search and Rescue aviation operations across the country.

It follows the Rescue 116 crash in Mayo - which claimed the lives of all four crew onboard. The Coastguard chopper went down at Blackrock Island on the 14th of March last year.

The bodies of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Captain Mark Duffy were recovered – however their colleagues Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith, both Dubliners, remain lost at sea.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit is still looking into the cause of the crash – but an interim report more than two months ago recommended a thorough review of the State’s search and rescue aviation operations.

Today Transport Minister Shane Ross confirmed this will be carried out by an international team of experts and look at various practices and procedures along with any gaps or lack of clarity in the roles, processes, training or resources available.

A final report is expected by the end of July.


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