Wednesday 23 January 2019

Two Irishmen left seriously injured after plane crash

The incident happened near Prague yesterday morning. Stock image: PA
The incident happened near Prague yesterday morning. Stock image: PA

Catherine Devine and Alan O'Keeffe

Two Irishmen have been seriously injured in a plane crash in the Czech Republic.

The two men, aged in their 50s and from Portlaoise, are understood to have received serious injuries after the aircraft incident near Prague yesterday morning.

Locals last night said they were both avid flyers.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed last night it was aware of the incident and is providing consular assistance to the two men and their families back home in Ireland.

At least one of the men is understood to be in intensive care in a local hospital.

Both are understood to have suffered broken bones in the crash.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, local councillor Mary Sweeney said the two men run an aviation business in Portlaoise.

"They fly hang gliders and are very well known in the aviation industry.

" I am very anxious to see that they make a full recovery. My thoughts and prayers will be with them as I wish them a speedy recovery," she said.

The two men are understood to have been in the Czech Republic on business.

Portlaoise Fine Gael councillor William Aird said last night: "I'm deeply concerned to hear the news. The two men are good friends who have a life-long interest in flying.

"They have their own hangar and they are often seen flying over the town in light planes. Both are family men in their mid-50s. The whole community will be wishing them a speedy recovery."

Irish Independent

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