Plane crashes in Ireland - boy, 7, among dead

Plane crashes in Ireland - boy, 7, among dead

16 parachutists had made their jumps moments earlier before the plane crashed on bogland with the man and boy on board.

Bowditch was an experienced pilot and flight instructor and was a regular at the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue. The remains were taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore on Sunday night at around 10pm.

Gardai and ambulance personnel rushed to the scene of the light plane crash in Offaly.

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

"I thought he was doing a stunt but I thought he was leaving it very late to turn around". Cllr Fitzpatrick said there was widespread shock in the local community over the tragedy.

Efforts to recover the plane wreckage took serveral hours.

An air accident emergency investigation is underway to assist Gardaí and Fire Service.

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The plane was partially submerged in the bog.

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

Prayers were said for the victims of the crash at Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Clonbullogue on Monday morning.

There were unconfirmed reports that the young boy is the son of a member of the local parachute club.

"The Irish Parachute Club can confirm that the incident on Sunday 13th May involving an aircraft operating on behalf of the Irish Parachute Club has resulted in the deaths of both occupants", a statement on the home page of the club's website said.

"My thoughts are to all those affected".

The club said it was "deeply saddened" and thanked the emergency services and investigators.

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

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