Parachutist's son dies in plane crash

Emergency services at the scene of the crash of a light aircraft near Clonbullogue Co Offaly on Sunday

Emergency services at the scene of the crash of a light aircraft near Clonbullogue Co Offaly on Sunday

Under the rubble after the collapse was discovered the pilot and seven-year-old child is in critical condition, was hospitalized and later died in hospital.

The plane had taken off from Clonbullogue airfield at around 2.25pm.

Speaking about what he witnessed, Mr Slattery, who lives near the parachute club, said he was out walking his dog and saw the plane take off from the airfield.

He added: "All 16 made their jump from the craft".

But an Air Accident investigation continuing this morning will now focus on the circumstances that led to the death of an English pilot and a 7 year old boy in an accident in County Offaly at lunchtime on Sunday.

They were taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore for a post mortem examination.

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Gardaí confirmed the wreckage of the plane was partially submerged in a bog. "I thought he was actually doing a stunt and I was waiting for them to pull out but it never happened, sadly".

"I heard a awful roaring and it went straight down like a torpedo", Jimmy Slattery said. When it got near the tree line a saw the tail moved a bit but I heard a thump then and that was it. That's all I know.

Eddie Fitzpatrick, a councillor, said that the pilot was from the United Kingdom and had been hired by the Irish Parachute Club because their own plane was being serviced.

"It's a great shock to hear of an accident like that happening".

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

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