Jurgen Whyte,

Chief Inspector of Air Accidents (Ireland)


Jurgen has over 40 years’ experience in aviation as a Pilot and an air accident investigator. He joined the Irish Air Corps of the Irish Defence Forces in 1976 and served as an operational, instructional and rating examiner pilot on both single and twin-engined fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft. He held the positions of Officer Commanding: Helicopter School, Naval Support Squadron and Search and Rescue Squadron, before retiring from the military flying service in 1995 at the rank of Commandant.

He joined the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) at the Irish Department of Transport in June 1995, as an Inspector of Air Accidents. In 1997, he was appointed as a technical expert to the Air Navigation Commission (ANC) of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada and served for a period of 3 years, representing a common delegation of 6 European countries.

In 2004, he was appointed Chief Inspector of Air Accidents (Ireland) and continues to hold that position.

Jurgen has just completed a 6-year term as Chairman of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Group of Experts on Accident Investigation (ACC) and a 9 year term as a Board Member of the Irish Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB). He is presently the deputy chairman of the European Network of Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authorities (ENCASIA), and a member of the ICAO AIG (Air Accident Investigation) Panel.