Air Corps Crash this evening

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Air Corps Crash this evening

Post by mark » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:05 pm

Taken from www.rte.ie/news, hope the crew are ok

Aer Corps aircraft crashes in Co Galway
Monday, 12 October 2009 19:51

The Irish Aviation Authority has said an Aer Corps Pilatus PC9 aircraft has crashed at Crumlin East near Cornamona in Connemara, Co Galway.

The accident is believed to have happened shortly after 6pm this evening.

Emergency services, including a Coast Guard helicopter, ambulances and fire service personnel are on the way to the scene.

A spokesman for the Coast Guard service said a number of local people had reported seeing the aircraft in difficulty and preparing to make an emergency landing.

The Irish Aviation Authority says three Aircorp planes were operating in the area earlier this evening.

So far only two have been accounted for.

The spokeswoman said there was no further information about how many people were on board the aircraft or if any of them have been injured in the crash.

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Post by KeithT » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:07 pm

Just heard about this myself, fingers crossed the crew got out before it hit the ground. I know a couple of lads who fly these and hoping to God the crew are safe.

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Aer Corps Crash

Post by flanders » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:21 pm

My best mate flys one for them just off the phone to him it wasnt him but he sounded a bit shook, dunno what to read into that but he said he's not allowed talk about it, so i hope the crew is ok
There is no problem so complex that it cannot simply be blamed on the pilot.

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Post by mark » Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:49 pm

News is not good......from the Irish Times...

Two Air Corps members are feared dead tonight after their plane crashed on the Galway-Mayo border.

A statement issued by the Defence Forces confirmed that an Air Corps PC 9 two seater training
aircraft was reported missing in the area of Crumlin-East/Crumlin West, north of Lough Corrib, on the Galway-Mayo border.

The aircraft - carrying a flight instructor and cadet - were part of a flying training exercise of three aircraft that departed Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel at 5.45 pm.

The statement said the two other aircraft have safely returned to Galway airport. An Air
Accident Investigation team from the Air Corps and Department of Transport have been dispatched.

The site of the crash site is approx five miles west of Cong, Co. Mayo.

Air accident investigators from the Department of Transport are en route to the scene in Cornamona, Connemara. Gardaí and emergency services are also at the scene.

The stricken plane was reported flying low near the village before a loud bang
was heard from a distance.

A spokeswoman from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said a local woman raised the alarm.

“It was one of three Air Corps aircraft in the area this afternoon,” the IAA spokeswoman said.

“At around 6pm a woman rang the air traffic control in Shannon to report that a plane had gone low overhead and that she heard a loud bang immediately after.”

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Post by Sweeney » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:10 pm

Please god they made it out.
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Post by michael747 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:40 pm

I'll have my fingers crossed too
Hope the crew are found soon

And ironically i was watching ''Rescue'' about the Dauphin that crashed in 1999 when i heard.
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Post by jonkil » Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:52 pm

RTE reporting 2 Fatalities, it was a PC9.
Rest in Peace.

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Post by OSCAR BRAVO » Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:17 pm

yep just watchin it on news on two there,very sad.weather said to be poor. two men on board cant be removed until tomorrow morning due to the ejecter seats as they have explosives.

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Post by mr crow » Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:38 pm

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Post by CML » Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:56 pm

Very sad news RIP

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Post by hugoj_air » Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:37 am

Just heard on the late news. Very sad indeed. May they rest in peace.
Must have been catastrophic when they couldn't eject.

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Post by Nanolight » Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:09 pm

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Sad News

Post by flanders » Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:18 pm

May I echo everyone elses comments, thoughts are with the families of the victims, its a sad sad tragedy and a sad day for Irish aviation

Hugo, ejection might not have been possible as they were doing low-level exercises, and ejection is only possible above a specific altitude.
There is no problem so complex that it cannot simply be blamed on the pilot.

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Re: Sad News

Post by michael747 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:36 pm

May they Rest In Peace
flanders wrote:Hugo, ejection might not have been possible as they were doing low-level exercises, and ejection is only possible above a specific altitude.
And to my knowledge they had Zero Altitude Ejection Seats Installed (MB MK.11's)
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Post by DonalMW » Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:40 pm

Super sad news......

Condolences to anyone who knew the pilots, and their families and friends.

RIP.

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