AAIU Defend Rescue 116 Report

Photo: © Pat Flynn

Transcripts of the final conversations onboard a doomed coastguard helicopter have helped understand the crash.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit has been defending its decision to release details of the R116 audio which appeared in the press last week.

The Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association, has called it ‘unnecessary’ and accused it of feeding a ‘thirst for sensationalism’.


However investigators say they needed to explain the final moments before all four crew members died in a crash off the Mayo coast last month.