Serious injuries reported after plane crash in Offaly

BREAKING Serious injuries reported after plane crash in Offaly

It's understood the man, who is originally from Poland but living in Dublin, is a regular jumper with the club and he went to the crash site after the crash.

Gardai said there were 16 parachutists on board when the aircraft took off around 2.30pm.

It is believed the pilot is from the UK.

The young boy's father was one of 16 parachute jumpers who had exited the plane before the tragic crash.

The pilot, believed to be from the United Kingdom, and a seven-year-old local boy were onboard when the plane went down in bog land in County Offaly on Sunday afternoon.

Emergency services remain at the scene where the crashed plane is partially submerged in water on bogland near Mount Lucas, a source has said.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit said it was alerted to the incident just after 3pm. "A rescue/recovery operation is under way".

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The crash is the latest light aircraft tragedy to strike Ireland.

Fellow Offaly councillor Noel Cribbin said: "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". Witnesses then saw the aircraft crash shortly afterwards.

The crashed plane was later located in a bog land lying several kilometers away from the airfield, rescue workers told local media.

Yesterday gardaí said that no deaths had been confirmed but RTÉ later reported that the two had died.

"But it obviously stopped and didn't start again".

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