We've seen comments on here before about "incidents" that people have seen or thought they saw. These may or may not have been reportable incidents but broadcasting aircraft registrations etc on an internet forum makes it very public.
If those that have "seen something" have any valuable witness information to give, then they should give it to an AAIU Inspector and they will decide if the information is relevant or worthy of further investigation etc. Otherwise, if we don't feel certain enough about what we have "seen" or "heard" to be able to do that and be able to stand over it, then we should say nothing at all.
Interestingly, when some AAIU reports are published, this forum goes strangely silent, especially when the report highlights the irresponsible action and risk taking of some GA operators. I have also seen at first hand how some individuals, after an accident, will seek to spin an altogether different version of events to suit their own purposes and it is just as well that we have an independent air accident investigation body to ensure that the real facts emerge.
There is also a curious ambiguity and overlap as to which official agency a report regarding an incident should be made. Apparently the IAA is the designated authority for occurrence reporting per SI 285 of 2007, and provides online forms in support of this, yet the AAIU also has authority for serious incidents, in accordance with SI 460 of 2009. The latter also seems restrictive on the categories of individuals who may report, principally the pilot in command.
This case was in Galway Circuit Criminal court - see link.
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