Pilot and 7-year-old found dead due to Offaly aircraft incident

Emergency services at the scene of the crash of a light aircraft near Clonbullogue Co Offaly on Sunday

Emergency services worked tirelessly at the scene of the crash all evening, and the bodies of the two victims were recovered just before darkness fell at around 10pm last night.

Air accident investigators will continue their inquiries following the deaths of a pilot and a seven-year-old boy in a plane crash in County Offaly on Sunday.

Local councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick said the airfield had a long established reputation for parachuting.

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

They were taken to Tullamore Regional Hospital where post mortem examinations will be carried out later today.

The pilot, who was in his 40s and from the United Kingdom, and the boy were on the plane which crashed not long after 16 skydivers jumped without incident.

"However, they then saw the aircraft crash shortly afterwards".

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It is noted that the flight took place on the territory of the parachute club, the causes of the crash are being investigated.

It's understood that the light aircraft crashed around 11km from Edenderry.

The child died in the accident in Ireland after 16 parachutists left.

Most focus will be on the wreckage of the single engine, Cessna Caravan aircraft which plunged into the bogland only minutes after 16 people had jumped out of it during a scheduled parachute jump.

"You hear planes up there every day but you never think something like this would happen", he said.

Fellow Offaly councillor Noel Cribbin said: "This is a big shock to the area".

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