Serious injuries reported after plane crash near Kildare border

Kerry GarnerMay 15, 2018

A man and a 7 year old boy are presumed dead after a light plane crash near Edenderry this Sunday afternoon, May 13.

All 16 parachutists onboard successfully made their exit from the plane but eyewitnesses on the ground saw the plane go down.

A Garda spokesman said: "All 16 parachutists made their jump from the craft".

It is understood the pilot - reported to be from the United Kingdom - and a seven-year-old boy were still onboard.

Last night the remains of the pilot and the young boy were recovered and brought to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore where poist mortems will take place.

The crash is the latest light aircraft tragedy to strike Ireland. It is understood the task was made more hard as the plane was buried to a depth of around six feet in the bog. "I thought he was actually doing a stunt and I was waiting for them to pull out but it never happened, sadly".

"Then I heard a bad roaring and it went straight down". And when it hit the tree line, the tail moved and I knew there was something wrong.

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"I've seen them thousands of times", he said. That's all I know.

It's understood the crash occurred between Daingean and Edenderry. "That roar will live with me for a while".

An air accident emergency investigation is underway to assist Gardaí and Fire Service.

Local Councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick of Fianna Fáil said he had been told the man was "was a very experienced pilot, about 45 or 46 years of age and he would have huge experience in flying that type of aircraft".

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

"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".

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