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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Pilot dies after plane crashes at aerodrome

'The plane came down at around 6pm and the scene was closed off as air crash investigators tried to establish what happened' Stock photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
'The plane came down at around 6pm and the scene was closed off as air crash investigators tried to establish what happened' Stock photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A man has died after a single-seater plane crashed in Co Longford last night.

Locals in the area said a number of planes had been performing a series of acrobatic stunts before one plane came down at Abbeyshrule Aerodome.

The plane came down at around 6pm and the scene was closed off as air crash investigators tried to establish what happened.

Local Fianna Fail Councillor Mick Cahill described the incident as a terrible tragedy for the area.

"I live half a mile away and they have been up in the air all day. There was nothing unusual all day but one of them came down at about six o'clock and went into the ground," he said.

"It is a terrible tragedy for the man and his family in a quiet setting here in Abbyshrule with a very active airplane club."

Crashed

It comes almost a year after a helicopter crashed into a side of a pub near the village before falling on to its side on the narrow banks of the Royal Canal.

Meanwhile, a motorist was killed in a horrific collision between a truck and four cars which forced the closure of the Cork-Limerick road yesterday.

The motorist, named locally as Roland Sweetnam (72), died before he could be airlifted by Air Corps helicopter from the accident scene outside Mallow to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

The accident occurred just after midday, minutes before a 10km road race was due to pass. Such was the force of the collision that a horse was thrown out of a transport trailer and killed instantly.

Eye-witness John Doheny said he was "totally shocked" by what he witnessed.

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