The wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 on April 5th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

As the Defence Forces and gardaí comb north Mayo’s Blackrock island for two missing Irish Coast Guard airmen, an international aviation lawyer has sai(...)

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 (...)

Coast Guard personnel view the R116 recovery operation at Blackrock Island. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The report into the Rescue 116 crash, which claimed the lives of its four crew, is exceptionally detailed and thorough for the results of a preliminar(...)

Members of the Irish Coast Guard return to base after recovering parts of the crashed helicopter off the Co Mayo coast. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The family of Irish Coast Guard pilot Capt Dara Fitzpatrick have said they are “devastated and distressed” for all the families affected by the loss o(...)

It is still too early to answer with any degree of certainty the questions about why Rescue 116 crashed into Black Rock island in the early hours of M(...)

Scene of the search at Blacksod, Co Mayo: The seeds of the destruction of Rescue 116, and the deaths of its crew, may have been sown long before the Coastguard Sikorsky S92 helicopter took off.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The seeds of the destruction of Rescue 116, and the deaths of its crew, may have been sown long before the Coastguard Sikorsky S92 helicopter took off(...)

Fishing boats prepare to join the search for missing Rescue 116 crew members Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby at Ballyglass Pier, Belmullet, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus

While debris from Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 is still being washed up by the Atlantic, the search for its two missing airmen will continu(...)

The Granuaile arrives back into Blacksod, Co Mayo, with wreckage from Coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 onboard. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

More than 100 fishing vessels are participating in a co-ordinated sea search on Saturday for two missing Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 airmen, Paul Orm(...)

The Granuaile (left) arrives back into Blacksod, Co Mayo, with wreckage from Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 onboard. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“As a pilot, it is difficult to put a winchman onto a deck in rough seas. After you have done it, and when you hold the helicopter back slightly from (...)

Rescue 116: the Irish Lights ship Granuaile carrying wreckage from the Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Irish Lights ship Granuaile has returned to north Co Mayo to continue the search for two missing airmen from the Irish Coast Guard’s Rescue 116 sq(...)

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