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Cessna FR.172K Hawk XP (Reims), EI-EZU: Accident occurred July 11, 2020 in Galway, Ireland

NTSB Identification: CEN20WA293
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Saturday, July 11, 2020 in Galway, Ireland
Aircraft: Cessna FR172, registration:
Injuries: 2 Serious.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of the Ireland has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Cessna FR172K airplane that occurred on July 11, 2020. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Ireland's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Ireland.

The light aircraft which crash-landed in a field in Galway at the weekend afternoon had taken off from Cork that morning on its way to a charity function in Roscommon.

Two people, a man and a woman, suffered injuries when the Cessna aircraft came down in a field close to Killimordaly GAA club in Co Galway at lunchtime on Saturday.

The pair, both aged in their sixties, were taken to University College Hospital in Galway where they are being treated for their injuries. One was airlifted from the crash site and the other taken by ambulance.

They had taken off from Rathcoole Aerodrome in Cork on Saturday morning to travel to Roscommon where the Tibohine Flying Club near Frenchpark were staging a ‘fly-in’ to raise funds from Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.

A spokesperson for the Tibohine Flying Club said he did not wish to comment on the incident in Galway but confirmed that the charity event had gone ahead as planned.

Three inspectors from the Air Accident Investigation Unit attended the crash site on Saturday afternoon and the aircraft, which suffered considerable damage to the front, has been taken to their wreckage facility at Gormanstown in Co Meath.

Fire crews from Athenry and Loughrea were among the emergency services which rushed to the scene and they doused the aircraft in foam.

A Garda investigation has also been launched.

The pilot of the Cessna had been in regular contact with air traffic control, confirming their location over Loughrea and also their estimated time in Roscommon shortly before contact was lost.

An air traffic controller appealed for radio silence from other pilots as attempts were made to contact the Cessna.  The alarm was raised when the aircraft came down in a farmer’s field a short distance from a road in Killimordaly and emergency services were quickly on the scene.

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