Offaly plane crash: Eyewitness says aircraft came down 'vertically' into bog

Offaly plane crash: Eyewitness says aircraft came down 'vertically' into bog

A team of air accident investigators are at the scene of a plane crash near Edenderry which has claimed the lives of a pilot and a seven year old boy.

The flight was carrying 16 parachutists from the Irish Parachute Club and took off from Clonbullogue Airfield, around 12km south of Edenderry, at 2.35pm yesterday.

All 16 made their jump from the craft prior to any accidents happening, however witnesses then stated that they saw the aircraft crash shortly afterwards.

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

RTÉ News reports that the bodies of the pilot and the child were recovered from the fuselage of the aircraft.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit has dispatched three officials to the site to determine the cause of the plane crash, said local media.

The man who died was a pilot was from the UK.

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"The parachute club would be well known, they are in this area 20 years", he said.

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

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

Offaly councillor Noel Cribbin added: "This is a big shock to the area". There was then "a bad roar" as it lost height and crashed into the ground.

There is no confirmation of any deaths at this point in time.

"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.

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