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Man killed in light aircraft crash in Longford

Man killed in light aircraft crash in Longford

A man in his 40s 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 Aerodrome.

The plane came down at around 6pm yesterday 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 is was nothing unusual all day but one of them came down at about six o’clock and went into the ground.

“It is a terrible tragedy for the man and his family in a quiet setting here in Abbeyshrule with a very active airplane club. My thoughts and sympathies are obviously with his family.

“It was quickly closed down and the army helicopters were here very quickly after with the air corps.

“It is a very well ran place and they have a great safety record there.”

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

It follows almost two years after four skydivers and a pilot walked away unscathed after an emergency landing at the aerodome.

At the time, the quick-thinking pilot was forced to make the landing shortly after take off when the plane’s engine suddenly lost power.

He managed to bring the plane down safely in a field not far from the runway.