Wednesday 17 January 2018

Two Irishmen 'seriously injured' after aircraft collision in Czech Republic

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

Kathy Armstrong, Catherine Devine and Alan O'Keeffe

Two Irishmen have been seriously injured in an aircraft collision in the Czech Republic.

The two men from Portlaoise are understood to have received serious injuries after the aircraft incident near Prague on Wednesday morning.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that it was aware of the incident and are providing consular assistance.

Local Cllr Mary Sweeney said that 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.”

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 men are family men in their mid-50s. The whole community will be wishing them a speedy recovery."

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