Investigations continue into tragic Offaly air crash

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing today into a light aircraft crash in Offaly which claimed the lives of two men on Sunday evening.

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing today into a light aircraft crash in Offaly which claimed the lives of two men on Sunday evening.

Instructor Niall Doherty from Roscrea and trainee pilot Damien Deegan from Crinkle were killed when their Cessna 150H aircraft came down in a woodland area close to Birr. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Post mortems are due to be carried out at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore today (Monday)

Both men were members of Ormand Flying Club and the Club paid tribute to them on Facebook last night.

“A very sad day for the Ormand Flying Club having lost two of our friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families tonight.”

Emergency services were alerted by Shannon Air Traffic Control just before 5pm on Sunday, November 11 when they lost contact with the plane.

An extensive search was launched including the Garda Air Support Unit and the wreckage of the aircraft was discovered two miles from Birr in Clonkelly Upper at approximately 6.30pm.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of the Department of Transport was then notified and they arrived on the scene later that night.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit and gardai are investigating the circumstances the accident. The scene has been preserved for technical examination.