Seven-year-old boy and pilot `critical' after Offaly air crash

Bodies of man and boy recovered from Offaly plane crash

Under the rubble after the collapse was discovered the pilot and seven-year-old child is in critical condition, was hospitalized and later died in hospital.

The aircraft, a Cessna Caravan plane, had departed from the Irish Parachute Club's airfield in Clonbullogue near Edenderry on Sunday at around 2.25pm.

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

It was carrying 16 parachutists who all made their jump from the aircraft.

The boy is understood to be the son of a member of the local parachute club while the pilot is understood to originally be from the UK.

Their bodies were taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore for postmortem examinations later.

Mr Slattery had mistakenly believed it was a stunt and said he expected the plane to pull up but that never happened.




"And when it hit the tree line the tail moved and I knew there was something wrong", he said.

"I've seen them thousands of times", he said.

"I heard a bad roaring and it went straight down like a torpedo", Jimmy Slattery said. That's all I know.

The plane was located about two kilometres from the airfield in bogland between Edenderry and Daingean.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit has confirmed it is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

Chairman of Offaly County Council, Liam Quinn, says it's a tragedy for all involved adding "that people are particularly, sad it's a very sad day, the fact that there's a young boy involved makes it all the worse".

"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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