Man and boy, 7, die in Offaly plane crash

14 May, 2018, 18:23 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Emergency services at the scene of the crash of a light aircraft near Clonbullogue Co Offaly on Sunday

The pilot, believed to be from the United Kingdom, and a seven-year-old local boy were on board when the plane went down in bog land.

The plane was located a number of kilometres from the airfield. It is reported by The Mirror, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to RBC Ukraine. It was carrying 16 parachutists, who all made their jumps safely.

Two people were still on board - the pilot and a seven-year-old boy.

"The parachute club would be well known, they are in this area 20 years", he said.

GardaĆ­ said the wreckage, which had to be cut in sections in order to reach the cockpit, will be removed from the crash site and brought to Gormanstown in Co Meath for examination by the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) in the coming hours.

Emergency Services at the scene of the crash of a light aircraft near Clonbollogue, County Offaly.

The light aircraft plunged into bogland at Clonbullogue, minutes after 16 pe/ple had jumped out of it during a scheduled parachute jump.

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Eddie Fitzpatrick, a local councillor, added the airfield is popular for parachuting and "fundraising jumpers".

Another local man, Jimmy Slattery, witnessed the crash while out walking his dog.

"You hear planes up there every day but you never think something like this would happen", he said. Two people died in County Antrim on 19 April while another plane enthusiast died on May 4 in Ballina.

Edenderry Councillor Martin O'Reilly said it is a awful shock for everyone.

Their deaths have now been confirmed.

"And it went up in the air and then seemed to stop".

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