Aircraft crashes in Co Offaly

Investigation continuing after pilot and small boy die in Offaly plane Crash

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

According to GardaĆ­, an aircraft took off from Clonbullogue Airfield with 16 parachutists on board at 2.25pm on Sunday afternoon.

"Thankfully, the 16 (parachutists) got out and our thoughts and prayers are with those in the plane". The pilot, who is believed to have been from the United Kingdom, and a child, who is thought to be the son of one of the parachutists, were on board.

The incident happened just before 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon.

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The Clonbullogue facility is popular with skydivers.

The young boy's father was one of 16 parachute jumpers who had exited the plane before the tragic crash.

"This time of year, there are planes flying seven days a week", he said. The pilot is believed to be a United Kingdom national.

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Gardai and ambulance personnel rushed to the scene of the light plane crash in Offaly. "A rescue/recovery operation is under way".

GardaĆ­ and emergency services are at the scene of an aircraft crash near Edenderry in County Offaly.

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

Mr Slattery immediately rang 999 and the parachute club to let them know the location of the crash site.

There were two people on board, the pilot and a seven-year-old boy, with the plane came down near Clonbollogue.

The aircraft took off from the airstrip in Clonbullogue before crashing in an area of bog and woodland between Edenderry and Daingean. There is no confirmation of any deaths at this point in time.

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