Man and boy, 7, critically injured in plane crash in Offaly

  • Man and boy, 7, critically injured in plane crash in Offaly

Man and boy, 7, critically injured in plane crash in Offaly

It's understood the crash site is located away from the road.

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

Gardai and ambulance personnel are at the scene of a light plane crash in Clonbullogue over the Kildare border.

The young boy's father was one of 16 parachute jumpers who had exited the plane before the tragic crash.

The pilot, believed to be from the United Kingdom, and a seven-year-old local boy were on board when the plane went down in bog land.

Local man Jimmy Slattery was out walking his dog near Clonbullogue when he heard the plane's engine roar and saw it crash.

"The engine was roaring".

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

The remains were brought for a post-mortem to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore after emergency services worked for many hours to recover the bodies.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit said it was alerted to the incident just after 3pm.

Celia Lynch is a member of the local flying community, who said says her husband and friends were flying light aircraft in the area at the time of the crash, but have since landed safely.