Pilot and boy (7) killed in Offaly plane crash named locally

Investigations continue

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly



Pilot and boy (7) killed in Offaly plane crash named locally

The victims of Sunday's plane crash in Offaly have been named as UK national Niall Bowditch, who was the pilot, and 7-year-old Kacper Kacprzak.

Bowditch was an experienced pilot and flight instructor and was a regular at the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue.

Kacper was the son of a club member who was one of 16 parachutists that had jumped from the Cessna Caravan aircraft moments before it crashed at 3pm on Sunday. His father is a Polish national living in Dublin but the boy is an Irish citizen having been born here in 2011. 

Air crash investigators remained on the scene of a fatal light plane crash in Offaly on Monday, May 14. They continue to probe the cause and exact circumstances of the tragedy. 

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 victims 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 was carried out on both bodies at Tullamore Hospital on Monday.