News: Incident Updates, News

14 March 2017

Incident Updates, News

Incident Updates, News: Accident involving Irish Coast Guard SAR Helicopter off West Coast of Ireland

At approximately 01.00 on 14 March 2017 contact was lost with an S-92 aircraft operating search-and-rescue services on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG).

On 23 April 2017, Aerossurance published an article on the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) decisions on management of aeronautical databases / Part-DAT. EASA has recently issued two Executive Director (ED) Decisions on the management of safety-critical aeronautical navigation databases from 1 January 2019 onwards. This is particularly topical after the completeness of terrain databases was raised as a concern in the AAIU preliminary report into the loss of Sikorsky S-92A on 14 March 2017. Click here to read the full article


We are supporting those HeliOffshore members affected by the accident and we continue to monitor the situation.

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We will share verified information as it becomes available, and please see below for the latest statements from CHC Helicopter and Sikorsky:

Statements from the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) Ireland

Update from CHC Helicopter, 14 March 2017
Earlier today, there was an accident involving one of our S-92 search and rescue aircraft off the west coast of Ireland. At approximately 0100 local time, contact with the aircraft was lost and a major search and rescue operation commenced off the County Mayo coast, approximately six miles west of Blacksod. That search continues.
Today is a very sad day for all of the CHC family, but particularly for our team in Ireland. We are devastated by this morning’s tragic accident and our hearts are with the crew and the families of the crews involved.
On behalf of everyone at CHC, we would like to extend our gratitude to all of the emergency services and organisations involved in the search, rescue and recovery mission underway, including the CHC team in Ireland as they participate in the search for their colleagues. 

Update from Sikorsky, 14 March 2017
Sikorsky has been informed of the incident involving an S-92 search and rescue aircraft off the west coast of Ireland. Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew members and their families. 
We are working closely with our customer, and Sikorsky has offered assistance through the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit in investigating the cause of the accident.
Safety is our top priority; as information becomes available and verified, we will communicate with our customers as appropriate.