Two critically injured in Co Offaly plane crash

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However, witnesses then saw the aircraft crash shortly afterwards.

It is understood the pilot is from the United Kingdom, while the boy is the son of a member of the Parachute Club. "That roar will live with me for a while".

Gardai and ambulance personnel rushed to the scene.

The pilot, believed to be from the United Kingdom, and a seven-year-old local boy were on board when the plane went down in bog land.

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Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene of an aircraft crash near Edenderry in County Offaly.

Gardaí and a team from the Air Accident Investigation Unit are on site, which has been sealed off as part of their investigation.

It is understood that the crashed plane was a Cessna Caravan.

"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 pilot of the aircraft along with a young boy believed to be 7 years old are believed to be injured after a crash.

"Thankfully, the 16 (parachutists) got out and our thoughts and prayers are with those in the plane".

Eddie Fitzpatrick, a local councillor, added the airfield is popular for parachuting and "fundraising jumpers". "It's just such a sad day".

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