Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Man and child injured following aircraft crash in Leinster

Gardaí said an aircraft took off from Clonbullogue airfield with 16 parachutists on board all of whom made their jump from the craft. File Man and child injured following aircraft crash in Leinster
Lisa Bryan | 14 May, 2018, 05:59

Their bodies have been recovered tonight and brought to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore for a post mortem examination.

Emergency services remain at the scene where an air crash investigation continues.

The plane crashed near Mount Lucas shortly before 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon, May 13.

This is the second aircraft crash to occur in Ireland in less than a fortnight.

Emergency Services at the scene of the crash of a light aircraft near Clonbollogue, County Offaly.

Local resident Declan Burns (49) said he understood the plane had just dropped off the parachutists and was heading back to the airfield when something went terribly wrong and the plane "just nose-dived". "A rescue/recovery operation is under way".


"The Irish Parachute Club is over 20 years in Edenderry and run to the highest standards, so it was a big shock to hear of an accident of this type", he said.

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

16 parachutists had made their jumps moments earlier before the plane crashed on bogland with the man and boy on board.

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

"The plane was later located a number of kilometres from the airfield crashed in bogland". Gardai said there is no confirmation of any deaths at this point in time.

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