Accident: Cessna 208B, N208EC, Connemara Airport, Inverin, Co. Galway, 5 July 2007: Report No 2009-003

SYNOPSIS

The aircraft was returning on a short flight from Inis Meáin (EIMN), one of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, to Connemara Airport (EICA), in marginal weather conditions when the accident occurred.  There had been a significant wind shift, since the time the aircraft had departed earlier from EICA that morning, of which the Pilot appeared to be unaware.  As a result a landing was attempted downwind.  At a late stage, a go-around was initiated, at a very low speed and high power setting.  The aircraft turned to the left, did not gain altitude and maintained a horizontal trajectory.  It hit a mound, left wing first and cartwheeled.  The Pilot and one of the passengers were fatally injured.  The remaining seven passengers were seriously injured.  The aircraft was destroyed but there was no fire. 

 

 

Occurrence Date: 
Thursday, 5 July, 2007
Report Date: 
Tuesday, 20 January, 2009