Updated: 14/05/18 : 06:15:39
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Pilot and boy (7) die in light plane crash in Offaly

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

Their bodies were recovered from the scene last night and were brought to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore for a post-mortem examination.

The light aircraft crashed into bogland near Edenderry this afternoon after taking off earlier from an airstrip at Clonbullogue with 16 parachutists on board - all of whom made their jump, before the plane was spotted in difficulty.

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

The aircraft had taken off from Clonbullogue airfield around two kilometres away at around 2.25pm. The facility is popular with skydivers.

There were 16 parachutists on board.

“All 16 made their jump from the craft,” gardaí confirmed.

Local councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick said the airfield had a long established reputation for parachuting.

“People would be over there all the time, especially at weekends in the summer, a lot of people parachuting and a lot of fundraising jumpers,” he said.

“It’s a great shock to hear of an accident like that happening.”

Fellow Offaly councillor Noel Cribbin said: “This is a big shock to the area.

“These flights have been happening for the last 20 years and this is the first time I’ve heard of a plane going down – it is very worrying.”

It is the second light aircraft fatal crash to occur in the last couple of weeks.

Sligo pilot Michael McCarrick, from Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, aged in his fifties and with two teenage children, was killed after the light aircraft he was flying came down near Ballina in north Mayo last Friday week.

The plane reportedly lost altitude rapidly and hit the ground suddenly in a field at Breaffy, about three miles from the town. See link below.

Link: Sligo Today 8/5/2018