Footage from scene of Offaly light aircraft crash

Offaly crash

Offaly crash

The boy is understood to be the son of a member of the local parachute club, while the pilot is understood to be originally from the UK.

Their bodies have been recovered tonight and brought to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore for a post mortem examination.

The accident took place shortly after 16 skydivers on board jumped off the plane, which took off from Clonbullogue airfield in the country's central county of Offaly at about 2:30 p.m.

The plane was partially submerged in the bog, hampering the efforts of the emergency services.

The Tenerife air disaster of 1977 saw two 747 jumbo jets collide in mid-air.

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The young boy's father was one of 16 parachute jumpers who had exited the plane before the tragic crash. All 16 made their jump from the craft.

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.

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This is the second aircraft crash to occur in Ireland in less than a fortnight.

"The Irish Parachute Club is over 20 years in Edenderry and run to the highest standards, so it was a big shock to hear of an accident of this type", he said.

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The plane has since been located in wooded bogland close to the airfield where a rescue operation is underway.

Their deaths have now been confirmed.

"Sitting in the garden having our lunch and we heard the plane going up - because we often hear the parachute plane going up - we always listen out for it because it has a distinctive noise", said Ms Lynch.

"But it obviously stopped and didn't start again".

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