Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Pilot and boy (7) are killed as parachutists' plane crashes in bog

Gardaí said an aircraft took off from Clonbullogue airfield with 16 parachutists on board all of whom made their jump from the craft. File Bodies of man and boy recovered from Offaly plane crash
Charlie Simmons | 14 May, 2018, 06:01

A man and a 7 year old boy have been critically injured following a light plane crash near Edenderry this Sunday afternoon, May 13.

Their bodies have been recovered within the past hour and are being brought to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore for a post-mortem examination.

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

Gardaí have said the aircraft took off from Clonbullogue Airfield with 16 parachutists on board at around 2.30pm.

It's reported that all 16 onboard successfully made their exit from the plane but eyewitnesses on the ground saw the plane go down.

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A group of local residents had gathered about 2km near the crash site where local ambulance, gardaí and Civil Defence personnel set up a staging area to respond to the incident.

A search and rescue operation is underway in Co Offaly after a plane crashed while carrying a man and a seven-year-old boy.

A light aircraft has crashed near Edenderry in County Offaly.

He said: "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".

Their deaths have now been confirmed.

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