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Footage from scene of Offaly light aircraft crash

14 May 2018
Footage from scene of Offaly light aircraft crash

All 16 made their jump from the aircraft before the crash.

Footage from the scene of the light aircraft crash in County Offaly shows a number of fire trucks, Garda cars and ambulances.

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Two people, a man and a 7 year old boy, are reported to have been seriously injured when their plane came down after taking off from the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue this afternoon.

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It was found about 2km from the airfield in bogland after a search by emergency services. "A rescue/recovery operation is under way".

The 16 parachute jumpers had exited the plane at normal altitude with no difficulties, having taken off from the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue - about 5km from Edenderry - at 2.25pm.

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

It is understood that the Air Accident Investigation Unit used digging machinery in an attempt to remove the aircraft from the bog because the impact of the crash had driven it into the ground.

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

"These flights have been happening for the last 20 years and this is the first time I've heard of a plane going down".

The crashed plane was later located in a bog land lying several kilometers away from the airfield, rescue workers told local media. Gardai said there is no confirmation of any deaths at this point in time.