One plane crash, two versions of events.

Philip Boucher-Hayes

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On Wednesday afternoon Alan Shatter was supposed to have been meeting with the parents of an Air Corps cadet killed in a training crash four years ago. Instead he ended up somewhat tied up in the Dail for the day but the meeting went ahead in his absence with the Secretary General of the Department of Defence and the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.

The deceased Cadet David Jevens parents, Donal and Liz, are distressed that civilian and military investigations in to the crash are at odds with each other and that the minister has repeatedly backed the Air Corps version of events.

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The lead agency examining the crash was the Air Accident Investigation Unit and it’s report exonerates their son of any blame. That is backed up by the coroner’s verdict which records accidental death in David’s case but an open verdict in that of the plane’s…

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