Two critically injured in light aircraft crash

Frederick Owens
May 14, 2018

It's understood that the light aircraft crashed close to the Clonbullogue area, around 11km from Edenderry.

Gardaí (Irish police) said the aircraft, which had 16 parachutists on board, took off from Clonbullogue Airfield at 14:45 BST.

All 16 made their jump from the craft prior to any accidents happening, however witnesses then stated that they saw the aircraft crash shortly afterwards. The pilot is believed to be a United Kingdom national.

Gardaí have recovered two bodies from the scene of a plane crash in Co Offaly tonight.

The crash is the latest light aircraft tragedy to strike Ireland.

A spokesperson for the unit said they were alerted just after 3pm.

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The 7-year-old boy and the plane's pilot were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. There was no wavering in it or anything, flat out, the engine roaring. When it got near tree line I could see the tail move a bit.

"It happened about ten minutes away from where I live".

Emergency services are at the scene of Sunday afternoon's crash in Co Offaly. "It was loud, very loud as if it was taking off, that sort of a roar", he explained.

Gardai said there was no confirmation on whether either had survived the crash.

"It's a great shock to hear of an accident like that happening". There were two people on board, the pilot and a seven-year-old boy.

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