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Air Accident Investigations

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 10 November 2021

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Questions (72)

Catherine Murphy


72. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport if he will, as a priority, initiate a review of the failures identified in the report in respect of Rescue 116; and if he will publish a strategy and action steps that will address those issues within one year. [55070/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I fully accept the recommendations contained within the report and I and the Department of Transport will continue to evaluate the findings of the report in the coming weeks.  The completion of the investigation and the publication of the report is a key step in ensuring that such accidents are prevented in the future. 

I have received from the Air Accident Investigation Unit 14 transmittal letters, each containing a separate safety recommendation. I am obliged by Article 18 of Regulation (EU) No 996/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation to "inform the safety investigation authority which issued the recommendation within 90 days of the receipt of that letter, of the actions taken or under consideration, and where appropriate, of the time necessary for their completion and where no action is taken, the reasons therefor" and I will do so. The deadline is 3rd February 2022 and the safety recommendation and my response will thereafter be published by the Air Accident Investigation Unit.