Saturday 29 July 2017

Two men have died after their light aircraft crashes into mountain

24/05/2015. Plane Crash at Mount Leinster, Co Wexford. Pictured is the base for operations for mountain rescue at Kiltealy, Co. Wexford. Picture: Patrick Browne
24/05/2015. Plane Crash at Mount Leinster, Co Wexford. Pictured is the base for operations for mountain rescue at Kiltealy, Co. Wexford. Picture: Patrick Browne
Sunday 24 May 2015. Site of plane crash near Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow. This part of the mountain is known locally as Walshtown.
Scene of crash on the Blackstairs Mountains 24/05/15
Mount Leinster
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

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.

24/05/2015. Plane Crash at Mount Leinster, Co Wexford. Pictured is the base for operations for mountain rescue at Kiltealy, Co. Wexford. Picture: Patrick Browne
24/05/2015. Plane Crash at Mount Leinster, Co Wexford. Pictured is the base for operations for mountain rescue at Kiltealy, Co. Wexford. Picture: Patrick Browne

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.

Sunday 24 May 2015. A helicopter lands near the site of plane crash near Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow. This part of the mountain is known locally as Walshtown.
Sunday 24 May 2015. A helicopter lands near the site of plane crash near Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow. This part of the mountain is known locally as Walshtown.

It is understood that a hillwalker came across the wreckage earlier today and contacted emergency services.

Read more here: Two feared dead after light aircraft crashes into mountain on Carlow Wexford border 

Sunday 24 May 2015. Site of plane crash near Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow. This part of the mountain is known locally as Walshtown.
Sunday 24 May 2015. Site of plane crash near Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow. This part of the mountain is known locally as Walshtown.

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.

Sunday 24 May 2015. Site of plane crash near Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow. This part of the mountain is known locally as Walshtown.
Sunday 24 May 2015. Site of plane crash near Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow. This part of the mountain is known locally as Walshtown.
Sunday 24 May 2015. A helicopter approaches the site of plane crash near Ballymurphy, Co. Carlow. This part of the mountain is known locally as Walshtown.

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.

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