14/05/2018

Man And Child Die In Plane Crash In Co Offaly

An air accident investigation has been launched following the death of a man and seven-year-old boy in a plane crash near Clonbullogue on Sunday, 13 May.

The remains of the man and child were taken from the wreckage after a six-hour recovery operation. The plane had come down in a bog. Engineers and a pilot are understood to be at the scene to investigate the cause of the crash.

It is understood that the man, and pilot of the plane, has been described as a "vastly experienced flying instructor".

According to reports, the the single-engine Cessna Caravan aircraft crashed into the bog just moments after 16 people had jumped out of it during a scheduled parachute jump.

Post-mortems of the man and child are due to be carried out at Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Offaly County Councillor Martin O'Reilly said: "There was a sense of disbelief, shock and horror at such an incident in our area, particularly associated with the parachute club. We're only waking up to this shocking news and it's only setting in, how serious it's been."

(MH/LM)

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