Two men have died following a plane crash in Offaly on Sunday afternoon.
Gardai were notified at approximately 4.50pm that all contact had been lost between Air Traffic Control and the aircraft.
A search was instigated and at 6.30pm, with the assistance of Garda Air Support and other emergency services, the wreckage of a Cessna Light Training Aircraft was discovered at Clonkelly Upper, Birr.
Emergency services immediately attended the scene however the two men on board were pronounced dead at the scene. The pilot was in his 30s and the other man was in his 20s.
Two investigations are continuing into the cause of the accident