Offaly plane crash: Eyewitness says aircraft came down 'vertically' into bog

A Garda spokesman said 16 parachutists were on board the aircraft.

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

He said there was no smoke but the plane's engine was roaring as it descended straight down towards a distant tree line.

The emergency services rushed to the scene and spent the afternoon and evening trying to recover the two casualties from the wreckage. I thought he was doing a stunt and was waiting for him to pull out.

It is understood that the crashed plane was a Cessna Caravan.

Other locals described the accident as a shocking accident.

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And this morning two engineers and a pilot from the Air Accident Investigation Unit will continues their inquiry in County Offaly. It is understood the task was made more hard as the plane was buried to a depth of around six feet in the bog.

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. "It's tragic. That's the only word I can use at the moment". He said the thoughts of the community were with the families of both victims and those involved in the recovery effort.

It is noted that the flight took place on the territory of the parachute club, the causes of the crash are being investigated.

There were unconfirmed reports that the young boy is the son of a member of the local parachute club. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

The club said it was "deeply saddened" and confirmed the aircraft had been operating on its behalf.

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


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