Two men have died after their light aircraft crashes into mountain
TWO men have been killed after a light aircraft smashed into the side of a mountain.
Their bodies have been removed to Waterford Regional Hospital where post mortem examinations will be conducted tomorrow.
Emergency services are on the scene near Mount Leinster throughout the evening attending the wreckage site which was reported to be less than 10ft from the summit.
The area, known locally as Blackstairs Commons, is said to be inaccessible by road and is also very difficult to reach by foot.
It is understood that a hillwalker came across the wreckage earlier today and contacted emergency services.
The Rescue 117 chopper, based in Co Waterford, was dispatched to Mount Leinster earlier this evening to aid in the search.
South East Mountain Rescue confirmed at 6pm that they had reached the downed aircraft.
There are no reports of any distress signal being sent out before the accident.
Weather conditions were said to be very good in the area today.
Mount Leinster is located on the border of counties Carlow and Wexford in the Blackstairs Mountain Range and is a popular sky gliding destination.
Gardai from Enniscorthy are believed to be directing the operation.
The incident occurred close to the village of Kiltealy in Co Wexford.
It is understood the aircraft set off from Athboy Aerodrome, Ballyboy, in Co Meath. Both men are believed to be from Co Meath.
It is not the first occasion that a plane has crashed on Ireland's fourth highest mountain.
On the morning of September 7, 1983 four people from Birmingham were tragically killed when their Cessna 182 crashed close to the summit.
They were on a flight bound for Kilkenny when the aircraft hit the 2409 feet high mountain.