Two dead in Co Offaly aircrash

Published Monday, 12 November 2012
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A flying instructor and a trainee pilot have died after a light aircraft crashed in Co Offaly on Sunday evening.

Two dead in Co Offaly aircrash
Gardaí and the Air Accident Investigation Unit are at the scene. (© Pacemaker)

The men were pronounced dead at the scene in Birr. They have been named as Niall Doherty and Damien Deegan.

Air accident investigators are examining the wreckage of the Cessna 150H which crashed in woodland two miles from an airfield.

Although Mr Deegan, who was in his 20s and from the nearby village of Crinkle, was a trainee, it is understood he was well advanced in his training, with a high number of hours under his belt.

Mr Doherty, his instructor, was in his 30s and from Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

Both men were members of the local Ormand Flying Club, based in Birr.

Air Traffic Control based in Shannon saw the craft disappear from their monitors at around 4.50pm and alerted the Garda Air Support and emergency services.

They conducted a search of the woodland, just a few miles short from the airfield the men set off from, before finding the wreckage in undergrowth.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport was notified following the crash.

Both the unit and Gardaí are investigating the circumstances of the accident.

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