Dáil Éireann - Volume 685 - 23 June, 2009
Written Answers. - Defence Forces Equipment.
Deputy Peter Kelly Deputy Peter Kelly
Deputy Peter Kelly asked the Minister for Defence if he has received a final report into an incident involving an Air Corps helicopter in Killarney, County Kerry on 2 March 2009; the findings of that report; if the report confirms or refutes a newspaper story (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24575/09]
Deputy Willie O’Dea Deputy Willie O’Dea
Deputy Willie O’Dea: The final report into the incident involving the Air Corps helicopter AW139 on 2 March 2009 was provided to me by General Officer Commanding Air Corps on 11 June 2009.
The final report was compiled following a detailed investigation into the incident by the Air Corps Military Airworthiness Authority. The investigation included interviews with the crew and passengers of the aircraft. The aircraft was fit for flight, and was crewed by a fully authorised and qualified flight crew.
The investigation determined that the left hand cabin door was not properly closed and locked following the last opening on the ground prior to the incident flight.
There is no suggestion in the report that the aircraft passengers were in any way responsible for this incident.
 Question No. 57 answered with Question No. 41.
Dáil Éireann 685 Written Answers. Defence Forces Equipment.