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Last updated: 19 September 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 13 May 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operating for:Irish Parachute Club
Leased from:Parachuting Caravan Leasing
Registration: G-KNYS
C/n / msn: 208B1146
First flight: 2005
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4,6 km (2.9 mls) NW of Clonbullogue Aerodrome (   Ireland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Clonbullogue Aerodrome (EICL), Ireland
Destination airport:Clonbullogue Aerodrome (EICL), Ireland
The Cessna 208B aircraft took off from runway 27 at Clonbullogue Airfield (EICL), Ireland, at approximately 14:13 hours local time. At departure, the occupants on board were the pilot, who was seated in the left-hand cockpit seat, a passenger (a young child), who was seated in the right-hand cockpit seat, and 16 parachutists, who occupied two bench seats in the main cabin. The aircraft was operating the fifth parachuting flight that day and had been operating each weekend at the airfield since 21 April 2018. The aircraft climbed to FL130 and permission for the drop was received from Dublin ATC. The pilot reported to ATC at 14:34 hrs advising that the drop was complete and the aircraft was in the descent. The pilot made contact with the Clonbullogue Airfield to advise that the aircraft was on left base. No further transmissions were received from the aircraft, and when it did not arrive as expected, the airfield personnel attempted to establish radio contact, but were unsuccessful.
The aircraft had impacted nose-down in boggy ground located in a forested area, approximately 2.5 NM to the north-west of the departure airfield. The impact site was compact, with minimal damage to the surrounding trees. The impact was such that the front section of the aircraft, forward of the main wheels, was buried in bog. There was a significant quantity of aircraft fuel in evidence at the site.
The investigation is ongoing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIU
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: 2018-008

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flight profile of the accident flight
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accident date: 13-05-2018
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: G-KNYS
photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-N208AY
accident date: 13-05-2018
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: N208AY
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accident date: 13-05-2018
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: N208AY


This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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