Pilot and 7-year-old found dead due to Offaly aircraft incident

Pilot and 7-year-old found dead due to Offaly aircraft incident

The bodies were recovered from the wreckage on Sunday...

Emergency services are attending the scene.

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

All 16 are understood to have jumped from the craft, but it crashed a short time later.

"However, witnesses then saw the aircraft crash shortly afterwards".

"I've seen them thousands of times", he said. The pilot was recognised as an experienced flying instructor. But I knew it (the plane) was in the wrong area. He recalled seeing the tail move slightly when it was near the tree line before he heard "a thump" as it collided with the ground.

"Then I heard a awful roaring and it went straight down like a torpedo", he said. "That roar will live with me for a while".

"The Irish Parachute Club can confirm that the incident on Sunday 13th May involving an aircraft operating on behalf of the Irish Parachute Club has resulted in the deaths of both occupants", a statement on the home page of the club's website said.

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

Postmortems were carried out on the man's remains and those of Kacper Kacprzak at the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore today.

Mr Fitzpatrick said the airfield had a long-established reputation for parachuting.

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

The crashed plane had been partially submerged in water and was embedded in the ground after crashing at speed, leading to an exhaustive recovery mission.

According to Cllr Fitzpatrick, a Pilatus plane usually used by the parachute club had been sent overseas for an overhaul and the Cessna Caravan was being used in the meantime.

The child died in the accident in Ireland after 16 parachutists left.

Other locals described the accident as a shocking accident.

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