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Statement on coastguard helicopter crash

Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary, said:

“We’re shocked and saddened by the news of the coastguard helicopter crash off the coast of Ireland and our thoughts are with the crew and their families, as well as all of our Irish colleagues who will be affected by this tragedy.

“All pilots will now want to ensure that the Irish accident investigators, the AAIU, can thoroughly and speedily get to the bottom of the cause of this accident, especially given the type of aircraft involved, so as to ensure future flight safety in the helicopter sector across Europe.”