A pilot who used the wrong dipstick to test fuel levels on his aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in a field after running out of fuel. Image: iStock.

A pilot who used the wrong dipstick to test fuel levels on his aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in a field after running out of fuel, (...)

The wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 116, which crashed off the west coast  on March 14th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The International Civil Aviation Organisation and European Union rules lay down that transcripts of the final moments before an aircraft crashes (...)

The wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter  leaves Galway harbour on a flat bed truck. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Wreckage from the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter is en route to the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) in Co Meath, following its deliver(...)

Blackrock lighthouse, Co Mayo: it is the last known position of the helicopter, some 13km west of the Mullet peninsula. Photograph: John Eagle

The Irish Coast Guard is hoping a narrow weather window at the weekend will allow it to continue efforts to retrieve the “black box” flight recorder f(...)

Search for missing Coast Guard helicopter crew in  Co Mayo: mechanical failure is the peril most feared by helicopter crews because of its severity. While a twin-engined passenger jet can fly on one engine, the failure of a key helicopter component  often proves fatal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The three most common causes of helicopters crashing are pilot error, lack of fuel, and mechanical failure. The probability of pilot error being a fa(...)

The Cessna aircraft was badly damaged in the skydiving incident in August 2015 Photograph: Air Accident Investigation Unit

A parachute club in Co Offaly has been advised to develop procedures to prevent variances in packing standards for parachutes after an accident involv(...)

A Ryanair pilot radioed a Mayday call to Stansted Airport after noticing a ‘cheesy smell’ in the plane’s cockpit, according to an incident report. File photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

A Ryanair pilot radioed a Mayday call to Stansted Airport after noticing a “cheesy smell” in the plane’s cockpit, according to an incident report. F(...)

The wreckage of the crashed Cessna on the Carlow-Wexford border. Photograph: Dwane Doran

Verdicts of death by blunt force trauma have been returned by a jury at an inquest in Carlow into the deaths of a pilot and his passenger in a crash(...)

Bryan Keane (69) and Paul Smith (58) died when their Cessna 172 crashed on the Carlow-Wexford border in May. Photograph: Karl Dickman/Wikimedia Commons

A preliminary report into a fatal plane crash in the Blackstairs Mountains in May has said weather conditions in the area may have led to “poor visibi(...)

The wreckage of the crashed Cessna on the Carlow-Wexford border. Photograph: Dwane Doran

Efforts will be made in the coming days to recover the wreckage of the four-seater aircraft from the “hilly and remote” spot where it crashed in the (...)