Pilot and child (7) confirmed dead in Offaly plane crash

Pilot and child (7) confirmed dead in Offaly plane crash

Pilot and child (7) confirmed dead in Offaly plane crash

It is understood that the Air Accident Investigation Unit used digging machinery in an attempt to remove the aircraft from the bog because the impact of the crash had driven it into the ground.

The parachutist father of a seven-year-old boy killed in a light aircraft crash made a scheduled jump from the plane just minutes earlier, local councillors have said.

In Ireland on Sunday evening, may 13, after the landing of parachutists crashed the plane, killing the pilot and those on Board the child.

The boy is understood to be the son of a member of the local parachute club while the pilot is understood to originally be from the UK.

A rescue and recovery operation was launched, but the bodies were recovered from the wreckage last night and taken for post-mortem examinations to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore.

Chief investigator Jurgen White has been speaking with Will Faulkner on the Midlands Today Show.

Gardaí said that all 16 parachutists made the jump from the plane and that witnesses saw the craft crash soon afterwards.

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"I've seen them thousands of times", he said.

Bowditch was an experienced pilot and flight instructor and was a regular at the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue.

"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", he said.

"You hear planes up there every day but you never think something like this would happen", he said.

Offaly councillor Noel Cribbin added: "This is a big shock to the area".

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