Pilot (39) has lucky escape after plane 'suddenly sank' during landing
A 39-year-old man had a lucky escape after the plane in which he was flying "suddenly sank" landing.
The pilot was flying the small plane around the Limetree Airfield in Co Laois when the incident occurred.
According to an official Air Accident Investigation Unit report, the plane, a BRM Land Africa EI-FMO which was manufactured in 2005, suffered "substantial" damage in the crash.
During the landing, the aircraft "suddenly lost lift", the report reads.
"The pilot attempted to correct this by increasing the pitch attitude, but the aircraft landed firmly on the nose wheel.
"The nose wheel and fork separated from the aircraft," it continued.
"The propeller then impacted the ground sustaining significant damage.
"The pilot was uninjured."
According to the report, the pilot was the only person on board the aircraft and had 1,160 hours of flying experience.
The final report documents the incident which occurred on the afternoon of 24 May 2017.
It says the pilot in question "facilitated the investigation with a full account of the event" and "described thermal activity [immediately before the accident] which he believed affected the aircraft during the landing flare".
The investigation did not sustain any safety recommendations.