Pilot and boy (7) killed in Offaly plane crash named locally

Alicia Guzman
May 15, 2018

The seven-year-old boy who died in a plane crash in Co Offaly on Sunday has been named as Kasper Kacprzak.

The plane came down between Daingean and Edenderry after taking off from the Irish Parachute Club in Clonbullogue this afternoon.

A Garda spokesman said 16 parachutists were on board the aircraft.

All 16 are understood to have jumped from the craft, but it crashed a short time later. "There were two people on board, the pilot and a seven-year-old boy", he added. Their bodies were taken from the wreckage last night.

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It's understood that the light aircraft crashed around 11km from Edenderry.

"I thought he was doing a stunt but I thought he was leaving it very late to turn around".

"I heard a awful roaring and it went straight down like a torpedo", Jimmy Slattery said. When it got near the tree line, I heard a thump then and that was it, that's all I can say.

Gardaí said last night that they would not be releasing the names of the victims until they were satisfied that all family members had been informed.

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Meanwhile, a number of local residents gathered about two kilometres from the crash site where local ambulance, gardai and Civil Defence personnel had set up a staging area.

It is noted that the flight took place on the territory of the parachute club, the causes of the crash are being investigated.

Local Councillor Eddie Fitzpatrick of Fianna Fáil said he had been told the man was "was a very experienced pilot, about 45 or 46 years of age and he would have huge experience in flying that type of aircraft".

The Air Accident Investigation Unit has confirmed it is investigating the circumstances of the crash.

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