Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1596)

Ruth Coppinger

Question:

1596. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the final report into an aircraft accident (details supplied) will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35763/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

On information provided by the Chief Inspector of Air Accidents of the Air Accident Investigation Unit, I can inform the Deputy that a draft final report into the tragic accident of Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter R116 is close to conclusion. As per natural justice obligations, a period of up to 60 days is provided to interested state parties following which the Investigation must consider any comments received. The number of comments received will determine timelines associated with the finalisation of the Final Report. As such it is not possible, at this time, to provide the Deputy with a definitive date for the publication of the Final Report.