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Two die in small plane crash - Kildare 2019-06-13

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:20 pm
by Paulw
BRM NG 5, a two-seater single piston aircraft
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TWO MEN HAVE been killed after a light aircraft crashed in Co Kildare.

The crash occurred at Belan, Moone, near Athy, Co Kildare yesterday evening, gardaí confirmed this morning in a statement.

At 1am this morning, gardaí were alerted to the fact that a light aircraft with two people on board failed to return to Kilrush airstrip.

A search was carried out by gardaí and with the assistance of Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 the aircraft was located today at 4.30am.

The two men, one aged in his late 50s and the other 70 years old, were fatally injured in the crash and their bodies have been removed to the mortuary in Naas General Hospital.

Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Superintendent Martin Walker said that they will not be releasing the identities of the two men, adding that family liaison officers have been appointed for both families in Dublin and Kildare.

Light aircraft crash Belan, Moone, Athy, Co Kildare Air Accident investigators John Owens and Howard Hughes with Supt Michael Walker (rear) at a Garda media briefing near the scene of the light aircraft crash

The aircraft took off from Kilrush yesterday evening at around 7.30pm and later crashed in a remote area. The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) was notified at 3.30am that the aircraft was missing.

Inspectors from the AAIU at the scene have carried out their initial field investigation.

At a press briefing close to the crash site, Howard Hughes of the AAIU said the wreckage was being removed from the scene to the AAIU’s facility at Gormanstown where they will determine what further steps need to be taken in the investigation.

Hughes also identified the plane as a BRM NG 5, a two-seater single piston aircraft.

He added that the rain had not made the process of recovery easy.” We have to do it in a manner that doesn’t disturb any potential evidence,” Hughes said.

According to the AAIU, early indications are that there was no communication from the aircraft before the crash.

“Kilrush airfield is situated in airspace that does not have to make radio contact with any of the major air traffic control units around Ireland. They would not have had to submit a flight plan either.

“Light aircraft like this are not obliged to carry a flight recorder and to the best of our understanding at this early stage, there is none onboard,” Hughes said.

Speaking to RTÉ’s News at One, the unit’s Chief Inspector Jurgen White said that the aircraft was registered in the UK and was engaged on a local flight from Kilrush airfield.

“We believe they were engaged in a local training flight with the intention of coming back to Kilrush,” White said. “But unfortunately they didn’t return”.

The AAIU hope to have a report on the investigation completed within 12 months. ... d-16516589

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Re: Two die in small plane crash - Kildare 2019-06-13

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:49 am
by mark
RIP to both and condolences to the families.

Re: Two die in small plane crash - Kildare 2019-06-13

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:08 pm
by Paulw
The names were published. Are there anyone who knew them?

James Price (70) and Aidan Rowsome (58). ... 20984.html

Any idea what happened? A flat spin maybe?

Re: Two die in small plane crash - Kildare 2019-06-13

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:15 pm
by mark
Hi Paulw,

I knew Jim, a gentleman and skilled engineer. He played a big role in getting the Aer Lingus Iolar back to flying condition and keeping the Irish Historic Flight Chipmunks & Stearman in the air. I had the pleasure of flying with him on several occasions in the Chipmunk.

Identifying the cause of the accident should be left to the AAIU and they'll publish their report in due course. Unfortunately it won't change the outcome...