Plane crashes in Ireland - boy, 7, among dead

Plane crashes in Ireland - boy, 7, among dead

Emergency crews are attending the scene of an aircraft crash in Co Offaly.

It's understood the crash occurred between Daingean and Edenderry.

The accident took place shortly after 16 skydivers on board jumped off the plane, which took off from Clonbullogue airfield in the country's central county of Offaly at about 2:30 p.m.

13/5/2018. Offaly Aircrash. Emergency Services at the scene of the crash of a light aircraft near Clonbollogue, County Offaly.

The pilot is understood to be from the United Kingdom while the boy is the son of a member of the Parachute Club according to RTE.

A man and young boy were killed when a plane crashed in Ireland, minutes after 16 parachutists jumped from the aircraft.

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The injured are the pilot believed to be a British national and a seven-year-old boy on board, said the report. There were two people on board, the pilot and a seven-year-old boy.

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.

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

The plane was later located about 2km from the airfield crashed in bogland.

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

Yesterday gardaí said that no deaths had been confirmed but RTÉ later reported that the two had died. And normally it does that because it lets the parachuters go.

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