May 27, 2018

Boy (7) and pilot die after plane 'went down like a torpedo'

15 May 2018, 10:24 | Antonio Miles

A man and a seven-year-old boy have died following a plane crash in Offaly

Bodies of man and boy recovered from Offaly plane crash

Meanwhile, family members of the British pilot who died in the same crash are expected to arrive in Ireland on Tuesday.

The plane went down on bog land in Co Offaly in the Irish midlands on Sunday afternoon.

The boy's father, who is from Poland but living in Dublin, is a regular parachutist with the club and had jumped from the plane on Sunday.

"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. He was from the UK. "He was a very competent and experienced pilot", Mr Fitzpatrick said.

The club said it was "deeply saddened" and confirmed the aircraft had been operating on its behalf.

And this morning two engineers and a pilot from the Air Accident Investigation Unit will continues their inquiry in County Offaly. Their bodies were taken from the wreckage last night.

The Clonbullogue facility is popular with skydivers.

A Garda spokesman said 16 parachutists were on board the aircraft.

The pilot, who was in his 40s and from the United Kingdom, and the boy were on the plane which crashed not long after 16 skydivers jumped without incident.

However, an eyewitness told the Herald that, a short time later, he saw the plane flying low overhead.

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".

"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".

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