Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Two Dead Following Offaly Plane Crash

Two Dead Following Offaly Plane Crash

The bodies of a man and a 7 year old boy have been recovered at the scene of a light plane crash in Offaly.

The plane had taken off from Clonbullogue airfield at around 2.25pm.

The Mountlucas wind farm is situated between Edenderry and Daingean - a very remote are of woodland.

People are being advised to avoid the area.

It is understood the pilot is from the United Kingdom, while the boy is the son of a member of the Parachute Club.

13/5/2018. Offaly Aircrash. Emergency Services at the scene of the crash of a light aircraft near Clonbollogue, County Offaly.

However, a short time later the plane was seen flying low to the ground before there was a "terrible roar" and it crashed "straight down like a torpedo".

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"It just came vertically down", said Jimmy Slattery, who was walking his dog near Clonbullogue, in comments reported by the Irish Times from the scene of the crash.

A man and a seven-year-old boy were seriously injured in the crash.

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

"Then I heard a bad roaring and it went straight down".

Gardaí and a team from the Air Accident Investigation Unit are on site, which has been sealed off as part of their investigation.

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

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