Tuesday 24 October 2017

Pilot killed as his stunt plane crashes

Abbeyshrule Aerodrome Credit: Google Maps
Abbeyshrule Aerodrome Credit: Google Maps
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

A man died after a single-seater plane crashed in Co Longford last night.

Locals in the area said a number of planes had been performing a series of aerobatic stunts before one plane came down at Abbeyshrule Aerodome.

The plane crashed at around 6pm and the scene was closed off as air-crash investigators tried to establish what happened.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Mick Cahill described the incident as a terrible tragedy.

"I live half-a-mile away and they had been up in the air all day.

"There was nothing unusual all day but one of them came down at about six o'clock and went into the ground.

"It is a terrible tragedy for the man and his family in a quiet setting here in Abbeyshrule with a very active airplane club.

"My thoughts and sympathies are obviously with his family.

"It was quickly closed down and the army helicopters were here very quickly after, with the Air Corps. It is a very well-run place and they have a great safety record there."

Yesterday's tragedy comes almost a year after a helicopter crashed into the side of a pub near the village, before falling onto its side on the narrow banks of the Royal Canal.

In 2014, four skydivers and a pilot walked away unscathed after an emergency landing at the aerodome.

The quick-thinking pilot was forced to land shortly after take-off when the plane's engine lost power. He managed to bring the plane down safely in a field not far from the runway.

Irish Independent

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