Two dead in parachute light aircraft crash

BREAKING Serious injuries reported after plane crash in Offaly
Bodies of man and boy recovered from Offaly plane crash
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15 May, 2018

Meanwhile, family members of the British pilot who died in the same crash are expected to arrive in Ireland on Tuesday.

A post mortem was carried out on both bodies at Tullamore Hospital on Monday.

Councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick said: "His father was jumping out of the plane". He visited the scene of the crash while rescue efforts were underway.

A Garda spokesman said 16 parachutists were on board the aircraft.

The crashed aircraft was found approximately 2 kilometres from the Clonbullogue Airfield they had departed from earlier.

Gardai and ambulance personnel rushed to the scene of the light plane crash in Offaly.

The pilot, who was from the United Kingdom, had been hired by the Irish Parachute Club since their own plane was being serviced.

Irish national broadcaster (RTÉ) reports that the pilot is from the UK.

According to Cllr Fitzpatrick, a Pilatus plane usually used by the parachute club had been sent overseas for an overhaul and the Cessna Caravan was being used in the meantime.

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"The club is very long-standing in the area and very well run", he said.

Other locals described the accident as a shocking accident. "I would like to express my condolences to the family of the pilot and the little boy", he added.

"However, they then saw the aircraft crash shortly afterwards". It came vertically down there was no wavering or anything and the engine it was roaring. I thought he was doing a stunt and was waiting for him to pull out.

"When it hit the tree line the tail moved and I knew there was something wrong", he said.

And this morning two engineers and a pilot from the Air Accident Investigation Unit will continues their inquiry in County Offaly.

Local Councillor Martin O'Reilly of Sinn Féin said the community was shocked and saddened. "It is all only sinking in about the extent of the tragedy".

"My thoughts are to all those affected".

Emergency services remain at the scene where the crashed plane is partially submerged in water on bogland near Mount Lucas, a source has said.


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