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Pilot praised after emergency landing

A pilot who safely landed his bi-plane away from spectators after it was seriously damaged by a bird strike during an aerobatic display has been praised by investigators for his skills, writes Treacy Hogan.

The pilot was taking part in an aerobatic display as part of a festival in Foynes, Co Limerick, when he saw fabric coming loose from one of the wings.

More sections of fabric tore lose, resulting in serious control difficulties for the pilot.

An investigation into the incident, which happened on June 5 last year, found that the plane may have been hit by an object during the flight, probably a small bird.

The pilot considered using his parachute, but ruled this out as he was flying too low.

The pilot successfully managed to emergency land the aircraft in a nearby field.

Irish Independent