Man and boy, 7, critically injured in plane crash in Offaly

The Irish Parachute Club is located in Clonbullogue.                     Image Eamonn Farrell

The Irish Parachute Club is located in Clonbullogue. Image Eamonn Farrell

He then called 999 and waited at the scene to direct the emergency services to the crash site. "There were two people on board, the pilot and a seven-year-old boy".

Local media quoted officials in Offaly as saying that the area where the plane crashed has been a place for skydivers for the last 20 years or so, and many people come to the place for skydiving during weekends in summer time.

The pilots is understood to be a United Kingdom national who was visiting the Irish Parachute Club.

It's reported that all 16 onboard successfully made their exit from the plane but eyewitnesses on the ground saw the plane go down.

A light aircraft has crashed near Edenderry in County Offaly.

Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene.

Gardai said there was no confirmation on whether either had survived the crash.

Edenderry-based independent Councillor Noel Cribbin told the Irish Times that the whole community is in a state of shock at news of the accident.

A garda spokesman said there were two people on board, the pilot, who is believed to be a United Kingdom national, and the young boy (7), whose father is a member of the local parachute club.

Gardaí say the plane was later located about two kilometres from the airfield crashed in bog land close to the airfield where a rescue operation is underway.

Another local man, Jimmy Slattery, witnessed the crash while out walking his dog.

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