Irish Air Corps plane crash - student and instructor missing

Just heard that an Air Corps trainer crashed in Connemara - the Cadet pilot and instructor are missing.

Thoughts and prayers are with them

It was a 3 ship from Baldonnel. 2 Diverted to Salthill afterwards. Sadly they have recovered the body of the Student and are still looking for the Instructor. The search will continue at first light tommorow.

Thoughts & prayers with their families this evening.

The Irish Air Corps are 100% dead on and always look after the RAF when they deploy Sea Kings on long range SAR & need fuel or when a C 130 does a Medivac dirty dash to move a poorly child from Ireland to the UK at 0300hrs for life saving surgery.
From the Defence Forces Press Office:

Defence Forces Press Office
12 October 2009. 11.10 pm.

The crew and wreckage of the Air Corps Pilatus PC 9 reported missing this evening have been located and the two crew members, the flight instructor and cadet pilot, are unfortunately confirmed dead. Their remains are at the scene of the crash, which has been sealed off by local Gardaí and Fire Crews.

The crash site will be examined at first light tomorrow morning by Air Accident Investigators from the Air Corps and Department of Transport. The remains of the two crew can only be removed after the scene has been cleared of the explosives from the PC 9 ejector seats which would be at the crash site also.

Names of the crew of the aircraft will not be released until it is confirmed that their families have been informed by Air Corps personnel. The Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Dermot Earley and the General Officer Commanding the Air Corps, Brigadier General Ralph James have expressed their deepest sympathies on behalf of the Defence Forces at this difficult time for the families of these deceased airmen.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Rest in Peace
RIP lads, a sad evening. I have the pleasure of knowing some of the boys in Casement and thankfully none of them were involved. I'm pretty sure it'll be a dark night over there.

Thoughts to families and friends.
Rest In Peace Gentlemen..

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2009.

Press Call. For immediate release.


Captain Derek Furniss (32) and Cadet David Jevens (22) are the two crew members that died in the crash of the Air Corps PC-9 (Tail # 265) last night at Cornamona, Co. Galway.

Captain Derek Furniss joined the Defence Forces in October 1994 and is a qualified pilot since 1996 and a qualified flight instructor since 1999. He has over 3,000 flight hours and was the Chief Flight Instructor on the Pilatus aircraft and member of the Air Corps PC-9 Display Team. Derek, originally from Ballinteer, Dublin 16 was single and living with his partner in Dublin.

Cadet David Jevens joined the Defence Forces as an Air Corps Cadet in 2006 and was at the advanced stages of flight training on the PC-9 with over 160 flight hours and 50 simulator training hours over the past three years flight training. He was due for commissioning as a pilot later this year. David was single and from Glynn, Co. Wexford.

Currently, the Air Accident Investigation teams are on scene at the crash site which is approx. 2 – 3 kilometres from Maam Cross, Co. Galway. The onsite investigation is estimated to take 48 – 72 hours initially. Gathering information from the site has commenced with data from the flight and cockpit voice recorder that have been located.

The Defence Forces ask for respect for both families at this very difficult time. Funeral arrangements for the deceased are a matter primarily for the families, but every assistance is being provided by Air Corps personnel. General Officer Commanding the Air Corps, Brigadier General Ralph James met the Furniss family last night and is meeting the Jevens family later today to extend sympathies on behalf of the men and women of the Defence Forces.
What a desperately sad and tragic affair. My very sincere condolences to relatives and friends.

RIP Captain Furniss and Cadet Jevens
go raibh Dia libh

Writeup on the funeral of Cadet Jevens in the Irish Independent Linky

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