Pilot and 7 year old boy critically injured after light plane crash near Edenderry. Photo: Twitter Ciaran Mullooly @ciaranmullooly
Air crash investigators remain on the scene of a fatal light plane crash in Offaly this Monday morning, May 14. They will continue to probe the cause and exact circumstances of the tragedy.
The male pilot and a seven-year-old boy were killed in the crash which occurred not long after the singel-engine Cessna Caravan aircraft had taken off from the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbulogue.
The plane came down at 2.30pm on bogland approximately 2km from the airfield after releasing 16 parachutists, one of which, a Polish national, was the father of the young boy onboard.
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.
The man killed in the crash is reported to be from the UK and an experienced pilot who has flown many times from Clonbullouge.
The pilot and boy had been presumed dead after rescuers confirmed the bodies remained inside the plane until it was dislodged from the ground late on Sunday night.
A post mortem will be carried out on both bodies at Tullamore Hospital.