Light aircraft crashes off Wexford coast

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he was at ILAS fly-in on the 8th and 9th,that s what i heard.a lad i know was talking to him.did anyone see him at ILAS?

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There was dramatic additional footage of the rescue on TV last night and again this morning taken by the crew of an English boat which called in the rescue services.

It would "appear" the very lucky pilot was wearing very dark clothing but no life jacket!

Refering to other thread about the VFR route across Dublin Bay I would assume wearing a life jacket is SOP over water. We in Coonagh encourage the use of them for the five minute hop from the Cliffs of Moher to the Aran Islands.

Scary stuff. Lucky guy that the rowing boat crew were where they were at that time.
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A little more detail here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... alive.html and here http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ire ... 22222.html

Footage from the rowing boat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwvkIqB_Gls


Edit: The first link has a photo of the pilot wearing a dark life jacket which is why it is difficult to see in the original footage. It also appears that he got out a mayday and managed to make a good controlled ditching into the sea, so our sympathies are with him on the damage to his aircraft-hopefully it is recoverable. At least he is safe and with no serious injuries-good job in a bad situation.

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Amazing coverage in the links above. Looks like he was wearing one of those 'water-ski' type 'impact' jackets which I guess are a flotation aid... might not keep your head out of water if you were poorly..

I can't imagine how the aircraft stayed afloat for so long unless the engine parted company on impact...

Anyone hear his mayday call? I was flying at the time and heard the rescue helo mention that they had heard the rowers' call on marine radio, but sounded from the conversation between them and Shannon at that stage like they had not heard from the aircraft...

Good result.. VERY well done to all concerned!! :D

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The engine remained with the aircraft. The small photo shows that. There must be some boyency in the wings.

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hugoj_air wrote:There must be some boyency in the wings.
Maybe they were empty?
Ow! My boating arm...

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Fuel is a lot less dense than water, so full tanks would tend to float too...

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Eh,the article says he was wearing a survival suit as well as a lifejacket??
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Many years ago I was talking to a guy who was constructing a Kitfox. He had the idea of putting sections of polystyrene into each wing for just such a contingency. Dont know if he went ahead with it, but it seemed to make sense.

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I know of a 450KG aircraft that had a couple of 'lilos' inflated inside the wings to add flotation for a sea crossing... I suggested in addition one of those blow-up dolls one can get in adult shops was installed in the pax seat.... :lol:

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Got much experience of such things HUM? :lol: :lol:

Heard on the grapevine that his Mayday was picked by shannon and they had started SAR too but the rowers had got in first.

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Post by Bearcat »

well if your really keen for that extra bouyancy you I see you can get a XXL doll on ebay..

.http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fatima-Fong-The-X ... 286.c0.m14


honestly officer I use her only for safety......!!!! could you imagine

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She'd have to be fully clothed of course!! :shock:

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Maurice Kirk see http://kirkflyingvet.com/ filled his cubs fuselage with pingpong balls for bouyency and had aluminum tape on his empenage (to act as a radar reflector)
Interesting guy!

Incidently the gentleman in the avid was wearing a 3/4 length 5 mil wetsuit under his clothing.

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3/4 length 5 mil wetsuit under his clothing
Are you serious?
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