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Two dead after light aircraft crashes in Offaly

14 May 2018, 04:33 | Darnell Patrick

The Irish Parachute Club is located in Clonbullogue. Image Eamonn Farrell

The Irish Parachute Club is located in Clonbullogue.                     Image Eamonn Farrell

All 16 jumped from the craft, however witnesses reported seeing the aircraft crash shortly afterwards.

A man and a seven-year-old boy have been critically injured following a plane crash in Co Offaly.

Update 22.24pm: Gardaí have confirmed that a man and a seven-year-old boy have died following a plane crash in County Offaly.

The aircraft initlaly took off with 16 parachutists on board at around 2.30pm, from Clonbullogue Airfield, Gardai said.

The pilot, believed to be from the United Kingdom, and a seven-year-old local boy were onboard when the plane went down in bog land in County Offaly on Sunday afternoon. The pilot is believed to be a United Kingdom national.

It was found about 2km from the airfield in bogland after a search by emergency services.

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The Air Accident Investigation Unit has dispatched three officials to the site to determine the cause of the plane crash, said local media.

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

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

Offaly councillor Noel Cribbin added: "This is a big shock to the area".

It's understood the crash occurred between Daingean and Edenderry.

It was located a number of kilometres from the airfield in bogland and a rescue and recovery operation is now underway.



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