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Old 14th Mar 2017, 17:33   #41 (permalink)
 
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Top-cover for deep-water ICG ops is normally provided by an Air Corps CASA, for example: IAC CASA top-cover

I don't know why that wasn't the case last night unless it wasn't just top-cover but also SAR assistance. Edit: apparently this is a touchy subject, fixed-wing top-cover is less frequent than desired. When one heli accordingly has to support another it is technically Mutual Assistance in CHC / ICG lingo.

What particularly puzzles me is why the Dublin heli 116 was dispatched across the entire width of Ireland, thereby needing to refuel before proceeding on station, instead of the Sligo unit 118 which could have been on station far faster and then be back-filled by Dublin.

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Old 14th Mar 2017, 18:54   #42 (permalink)
 
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Tragic news.

RIP the crew of Rescue 116.
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 18:56   #43 (permalink)
 
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LE Eithne just entering search area.
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 19:12   #44 (permalink)
 
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A tough few days for the Irish rotor community. RIP, brave crew members of R116.

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Old 14th Mar 2017, 20:03   #45 (permalink)
 
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the crew of that flight, thoughts are with family and friends
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 20:07   #46 (permalink)
 
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Very sad news - RIP.

I am sure I met Dara on a liaison visit to Waterford from Chivenor a few years ago - a great loss to the SAR community.
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 20:26   #48 (permalink)
 
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Sad day for all.
I get sadder for any new crash that involves guys and gals putting their lives on the line for others.
Be the accident human error or catastrophic failure it saddens me.
May their memory live long in our hearts.
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 20:28   #49 (permalink)
 
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RIP for the whole crew.
Sincere condolences to all related and local SAR community
Hope we can find out, what went so wrong so quickly...
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 20:56   #50 (permalink)
 
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RIP Dara,
Lovely Lady and true professional. We will miss you.
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 21:11   #51 (permalink)
 
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What particularly puzzles me is why the Dublin heli 116 was dispatched across the entire width of Ireland, thereby needing to refuel before proceeding on station, instead of the Sligo unit 118 which could have been on station far faster and then be back-filled by Dublin.
118 was already gone out to the incident. 116 was then sent to support.

A friend of mine has told me that, during an interview on Irish TV, it was stated that none of 18 beacons (4 on crew) emitted any signal on entering the water.
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 21:12   #52 (permalink)
 
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 21:22   #53 (permalink)
 
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My heart goes out to all of the families, colleagues and friends.
You are all in my thoughts..
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 21:49   #54 (permalink)
 
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Imagine how many people are alive today because of the actions of these 4 crew over the years.

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Old 14th Mar 2017, 22:08   #55 (permalink)
 
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A very sad day in Irish aviation. RIP Dara and deepest sympathies to her family. Holding onto hope for the others. Many people are alive today thanks to them. Flying is never just a job.
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 22:21   #56 (permalink)
 
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118 was already gone out to the incident. 116 was then sent to support.

A friend of mine has told me that, during an interview on Irish TV, it was stated that none of 18 beacons (4 on crew) emitted any signal on entering the water.
Irish Times:
'There had been no satellite alerts, no signals, no mayday. Last communication from Rescue 116, at 12.45am, was brief and to the point. It was, “landing in Blacksod”.'

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Old 15th Mar 2017, 00:12   #57 (permalink)
 
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Met Dara in Stavanger a few years ago at the 61 sim, impressed me as a very knowledgeable and professional pilot........RIP and my condolences to her family.

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Old 15th Mar 2017, 04:40   #58 (permalink)
 
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My deepest condolences to all the families.

I have fond memories of a visit with the Shannon gang in January 1996.

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beyond sadness and lost for words. RIP
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Old 15th Mar 2017, 06:16   #60 (permalink)
 
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118 was already gone out to the incident. 116 was then sent to support.
Thank you - the initial reports were that 115 from Shannon had conducted the lift from the ship.

So the question still stands, why remove east-coast SAR cover instead of using Shannon for top-cover? I'm not criticising, I'm just perplexed. There is a spare 92 at Shannon, too, though presumably would need crew. If there had been a north-coast incident the same night then the closest SAR cover would have been Waterford... ( CHC / ICG also cover NI waters under an extension to the contract ).

Perhaps it's time the ICG revisited its proposal for organic fixed-wing top-cover, they were looking at Cessna 406s a few years ago but didn't have the funding in place.

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