Boy, 7, and pilot are killed in plane crash

May 14, 2018, 05:15
Boy, 7, and pilot are killed in plane crash

An eye witness described the plane descending "like a torpedo" before it crashed.

It is believed the pilot is from the UK.

According to The Journal, the aircraft had left Clonbullogue Airfield earlier this afternoon, carrying 16 parachutists who were making the jump from the plane to land.

Gardaí say the plane took off 2.25pm from Clonbullogue Airfield carrying 16 parachutists. But I knew it (the plane) was in the wrong area. When it got near tree line I could see the tail move a bit. "That roar will live with me for a while".

They said Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene of the crash.

Shortly after 10pm, they confirmed the bodies of the pilot and the schoolboy had been recovered.

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The remains of the victims are being removed to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore where a postmortem is due to take place. And normally it does that because it lets the parachuters go.

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

The crashed plane had been partially submerged in water on the bog and required an exhaustive recovery mission.

And this morning two engineers and a pilot from the Air Accident Investigation Unit will continues their inquiry in County Offaly. He was flying a Cessna Caravan aircraft. The Irish Times reports that the man is a regular jumper with the club.

It is understood that the father of the seven-year-old boy is originally from Poland but lives in Dublin.

He added: "It's a great shock to hear of an accident like that happening".

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