Footage from scene of Offaly light aircraft crash

14 May, 2018, 18:19 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene

The light aircraft had taken off from an airstrip at Clonbullogue before coming down and crashing into bogland near Edenderry yesterday afternoon.

The plane was seen to crash minutes after 16 parachutists jumped from the aircraft.

He then called 999 and waited at the scene to direct the emergency services to the crash site.

The boy is understood to be the son of a member of the local parachute club, while the pilot is understood to be originally from the UK.

Gardaí said the wreckage, which had to be cut in sections in order to reach the cockpit, will be removed from the crash site and brought to Gormanstown in Co Meath for examination by the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) in the coming hours.

Soon after take-off, the parachutists jumped from the aircraft.

However, an eyewitness told the Herald that, a short time later, he saw the plane flying low overhead. Under the rubble after the collapse was discovered the pilot and seven-year-old child is in critical condition, was hospitalized and later died in hospital.

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It crashed in a bog near Edenderry on Sunday. "A rescue/recovery operation is under way".

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

"You hear planes up there every day but you never think something like this would happen", he said.

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".

THE PAIR was in a light aircraft before they crashed in County Offaly. There was then "a awful roar" as it lost height and crashed into the ground.

"The Irish Parachute Club can confirm that the incident on Sunday 13th May involving an aircraft operating on behalf of the Irish Parachute Club has resulted in the deaths of both occupants", a statement on the home page of the club's website said.

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