VIDEO: Gardai and Air Accident Investigators issue statement on Kildare plane crash
Garda Supt Michael Walker and Air Accident investigators John Owens and Howard Hughes briefed media near the scene of a light aircraft crash in Co Kildare which killed two.
The privately owned plane took off from a small airstrip outside Athy at around 7.20pm on Thursday. Minutes later it disappeared and a search for the missing craft was immediately launched.
A search and rescue helicopter from the Irish Coastguard Service located the plane in a field in the townland of Belan, Moone, shortly after 4.30am. The two men were pronounced dead at the scene and their bodies were taken to Naas General Hospital.
The two deceased men were from Dundrum in Dublin and Kildare. Rescuers said there was no debris at the scene or any immediate indication why the craft crashed. "It looked like the craft just literally dropped out of the sky, like a stone", one said today.