12/05/2008

Plane Crash Survivor Critical

A man remains in a critical condition in hospital following a fatal light aircraft crash near Knock Airport in Co Mayo yesterday.

The man was a passenger in a small plane that crashed at Cloonamna just before 5pm.

The pilot, Markus Casey from Dr Mannix Road, Salthill, Galway, who died in the incident, is understood to have reported difficulties with the aircraft was en route to Weston Airport in Dublin and was trying to return to Knock.

Gardaí in Swinford are investigating the crash of the aircraft having reported yesterday that one male - aged 51 - was pronounced dead at the scene.

They said the second man was taken to Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar with serious injuries.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit, Department of Transport are inestigating the incident.

(BMcC)

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