Man and child presumed dead in plane crash near Edenderry

'I heard a thump and that was it' says eyewitness

Justin Kelly

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BREAKING: Man and child presumed dead in Offaly plane crash

A man and a 7 year old boy are presumed dead after a light plane crash near Edenderry this Sunday afternoon, May 13.

Gardai and ambulance personnel rushed to the scene of the light plane crash in Offaly. 

The plane came down between Daingean and Edenderry after taking off from the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue this afternoon. 

16 parachutists had made their jumps moments earlier before the plane crashed on bogland with the man and boy on board. 

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

Local man Jimmy Slattery was out for a walk and witnessed the crash.

"It was loud very loud as if it was taking off - that sort of roar. It came vertically down there was no wavering or anything and the engine it was roaring. When it got near the tree line a saw the tail moved a bit but I heard a thump then and that was it. I thought he was doing a stunt and was  waiting for him to pull out. It never happened sadly," he told RTÉ news.

Other locals described the accident as a shocking accident.

An air accident emergency investigation is underway to assist Gardaí and Fire Service.

The aircraft became embedded in the bog and the two occupants had not been recovered from the wreckage by late Sunday.

People are being advised to avoid the area.