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Boy, 7, and pilot are killed in plane crash

Boy, 7, and pilot are killed in plane crash

According to The Journal, the aircraft had left Clonbullogue Airfield earlier this afternoon, carrying 16 parachutists who were making the jump from the plane to land.

There were two people on board, the pilot and the seven-year-old boy.

Irish national broadcaster (RTÉ) reports that the pilot is from the UK.

A rescue and recovery operation is now underway.

"The engine was roaring".

Witnesses said that all the skydivers made their jumps shortly before the plane crashed. When it got near tree line I could see the tail move a bit. That's all I know.

It's understood that the light aircraft crashed close to the Clonbullogue area, around 11km from Edenderry.

"I thought he was actually doing a stunt and I was waiting for them to pull out but it never happened, sadly", the local man said. He said the aircraft came straight down "like a torpedo" from the sky. It was found about 2km from the airfield in bogland after a search by emergency services.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit has confirmed it is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

Members of the Civil Defence, Offaly Fire Services and Garda were first to attend the scene, along with local residents.

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