Tuesday 23 January 2018

Lucky escape for two in aeroplane crash

The light aircraft is removed from the crash site at Newcastle Airfield, Co Wicklow, yesterday. Photo: GARRY O'NEILL
The light aircraft is removed from the crash site at Newcastle Airfield, Co Wicklow, yesterday. Photo: GARRY O'NEILL
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

TWO men had a lucky escape last night when their light aircraft lost power and crashed into a ditch.

The pair, who have not been named, had been conducting test flights of a 36-year-old Cessna 150 Aerobat plane at the Newcastle airfield, Co Wicklow, when the crash occurred.

They had completed a 10-minute flight and had just taken off for a second test flight at around 8pm when the plane began to lose power.

An emergency landing was attempted but the aircraft came down short of the runway at the small airfield. It then crashed into a ditch. There was damage to the plane but both men were uninjured.

The 748kg aircraft was built in 1976 and is registered in the UK to a British company.

A spokesman for the Air Accident Investigation Unit said that the plane had been transported to a hangar and would be inspected today.

He said that an investigation into the incident would be launched. Gardai and a number of fire engines were dispatched to the scene as a precaution.

Irish Independent

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