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Pilot and boy (7) are killed as parachutists' plane crashes in bog

Pilot and boy (7) are killed as parachutists' plane crashes in bog

Pilot and boy (7) are killed as parachutists' plane crashes in bog

It is understood the pilot - reported to be from the United Kingdom - and a seven-year-old boy were still onboard. The pilot was recognised as an experienced flying instructor.

Mr Slattery had mistakenly believed it was a stunt and said he expected the plane to pull up but that never happened.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit was due to carry out an examination of the plane at its site in Gormanston, Co Meath to try and uncover the cause of the crash.

THE man and child were in a light aircraft before they crashed in County Offaly.

It's understood that the light aircraft crashed around 11km from Edenderry.

The accident occurred in bogland near the Mount Lucas wind farm, not far from the Clonbullogue Airfield where the Irish Parachute Club operates.

He said the club had been quiet over the winter due to the bad weather and it was only now getting back to full operation.

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Alerts were raised after the parachute club lost radio contact with the pilot, who is understood to be a United Kingdom national.

Most focus will be on the wreckage of the single engine, Cessna Caravan aircraft which plunged into the bogland only minutes after 16 people had jumped out of it during a scheduled parachute jump.

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

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

"These flights have been happening for the last 20 years and this is the first time I've heard of a plane going down; it is very worrying".

"The parachute club is always busy, I always see planes flying overhead. It's just such a sad day".

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