Man and child injured following aircraft crash in Leinster

Gardaí said an aircraft took off from Clonbullogue airfield with 16 parachutists on board all of whom made their jump from the craft. File

He then called 999 and waited at the scene to direct the emergency services to the crash site.

One man, believed to be in his 40s, was fatally injured on the evening of Friday 4 May when his light aircraft crashed about three miles outside of Ballina.

The aircraft took off from the airstrip at Clonbullogue and went down in an area of bog and woodland, near the Mountlucas wind farm between Edenderry and Daingean.

The aircraft had taken off from Clonbullogue airfield at around 2.25pm.

Irish national broadcaster (RTÉ) reports that the pilot is from the UK.

Gardai have recovered two bodies after a plane carrying a group of people embarking on parachute jumps crashed in Clonbullogue, County Offaly.

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It was found about 2km from the airfield in bogland after a search by emergency services.

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The Air Accident Investigation Unit said it was alerted to the incident just after 3pm.

Edenderry-based independent Councillor Noel Cribbin told the Irish Times that the whole community is in a state of shock at news of the accident.

The plane was later located about two kilometres from the airfield crashed in bog land.

Another local man, Jimmy Slattery, witnessed the crash while out walking his dog.

They added: "There is no confirmation of any deaths at this point in time".

The crash is the latest light aircraft tragedy to strike Ireland.

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