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

Gardaí said an aircraft took off from Clonbullogue airfield with 16 parachutists on board all of whom made their jump from the craft. File

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

"At 2.25pm on Sunday 13 May 2018 an aircraft took off from Clonbullogue Airfield with 16 parachutists on board".

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"I heard a bad roaring and it went straight down like a torpedo", Jimmy Slattery said.

Mr Slattery - whose son is Clonbullogue-based musician and film maker Paddy Slattery - called the emergency services and waited at the scene to direct them to the crash site.

The bodies were recovered from the wreckage on Sunday night and taken for post-mortem examinations to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore.

Irish national broadcaster (RTÉ) reports that the pilot is from the UK.

Sixteen parachutists had made their jumps ten minutes earlier before the plane crashed on bogland with the man and boy on board. There was then "a awful roar" as it lost height and crashed into the ground.

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"The plane was later located a number of kilometres from the airfield crashed in bog land". They said Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene of the crash.

He thought nothing was unusual except the plane seemed to be flying very close to the ground, he explained.

"I would have been out there once or twice myself; it is run very well and very professionally".

"However, I knew the plane was in the wrong area". "Then I heard a bad roaring and it went straight down like a torpedo". "That roar will live with me for a while".

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

And this morning two engineers and a pilot from the Air Accident Investigation Unit will continues their inquiry in County Offaly.

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