Sunday 21 July 2019

Two dead after light aircraft crash in Co Kildare

Two men died following the incident near Athy on Thursday evening.

By Rebecca Black, Press Association

Two men have died following a light aircraft crash in Co Kildare on Thursday evening.

One in his 50s and another aged 70 were pronounced dead at the scene close to Athy.

They are understood to be from Dundrum in Dublin and Kildare.

Gardai in Kildare were alerted at 1am on Friday that a light aircraft with two people on board had failed to return to Kilrush airstrip.

Immediately they made contact with air traffic control and their last location was briefly recorded at 1920pm on Thursday.

A Coastguard search and rescue helicopter discovered the wreckage at around 4.30am in a field at Belan, Moone.

Gardai and emergency services attended.

The aircraft was registered in the UK, Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) said.

The men’s remains have been removed to the mortuary in Naas General Hospital.

The Irish Aviation Authority has been notified.

Wreckage of the red and white aircraft was removed on Friday and will be subjected to forensic examination to discover what happened.

Pictures showed parts of it lying in the field.

The AAIU confirmed: “The AAIU have been notified of a light aircraft accident at Belan, near Moone, Co Kildare.

“The two occupants have been fatally injured.

“Two inspectors of air accidents have deployed and have commenced an investigation at the scene.

“The aircraft was registered in the United Kingdom and was engaged on a local flight from Kilrush Airfield yesterday evening.”

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