Irish Parachute Club release statement following fatal Offaly plane crash
The Irish Parachute Club, based in Offaly, have released a statement offering their condolences to the families of a pilot and a 7-year-old boy killed in a plane after it had taken off from their Clonbullogue airfield.
In a statement on Monday, they said, "The board of directors, members and friends of the Irish Parachute Club are deeply saddened at the death of the occupants of the aircraft that was operating on behalf of the club."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. We would like to thank the Air Accident Investigation unit and the emergency services who are continuing their investigaton at this very difficult time," they continued.
Indeed, those investigators remain on the scene of the crash, close to Mount Lucas, between Edenderry and Daingean, approximately 3km from the airfield itself.
A UK pilot and a 7-year-old boy were killed when the Cessna Caravan plane they were travelling in came down into bogland at the site at approximately 3pm on Sunday afternoon, May 13.
The plane had released 16 parachutists moments earlier after taking off from Clonbullologue at 2.25pm.
The bodies of the deceased were recovered on Sunday evening and brought to Tullamore Hospital for post mortem examinations.