The AAIU report into the R116 helicopter crash faces a further delay. Photo: RTE
The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) has given an update on the fourth anniversary of the R116 helicopter crash, in which four Coast Guard crew members were killed off the coast of Mayo.
It confirmed that a review into the draft final report is ongoing. The review was ordered after one of the parties mentioned in the draft report raised concerns about some matters in the document.
After an extensive and lengthy inquiry, the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s draft final report was issued to interested parties in September 2019.
In March 2020, a review board was established to examine certain findings following a request from one of the parties subject to the investigation.
The process results from a claim by the party in question that the findings reflected adversely on their reputation.
It is the first time that a review has been carried out into an AAIU inquiry.
The review board is chaired by Senior Counsel Patrick McCann, who is being assisted by an independent expert member.
Lost at sea
Remains of two of the crew, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Captain Mark Duffy, were recovered but two others, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith, remain lost at sea.
The AAIU must report on the inquiry’s progress if the final report is not published within 12 months of commencement.
The review is expected to continue for several more weeks.