Investigation launched into fatal Waterford plane crash

The scene of the crash in Waterford
The scene of the crash in Waterford

An investigation has been launched into the causes of a light plane crash that killed the pilot in County Waterford yesterday evening.

The single-seater BD5 aircraft experienced technical difficulties after leaving Waterford airport shortly after 6.30pm yesterday evening.

It’s believed the pilot,  Howard Cox who was due to take part in the Foynes Air Show today, was killed instantly when his BD5, described as a “home-built mini jet” and of a type used in a James Bond film in the 1980s, crashed in a field north of Dungarvan.

Mr Cox, a married father-of-one from Devon in England, was a regular visitor to Ireland and took part in many aviation events here over the years.

His aircraft was based at Waterford Aero Club in Killowen, outside Waterford city, and he took part in last year’s inaugural Foynes Air Show in Co Limerick.

He also took part in the Shannon Air Display event held last weekend to celebrate 70 years of commercial air traffic from Shannon.

He had been bound for Shannon Airport to attend the Foynes air show, and crashed near Clonea Upper while trying to turn back for Waterford.

It is not clear yet what exactly caused the crash.

The remains of the pilot were removed from the scene last night.

The organisers of the Foynes air show, which the pilot was en route to, expressed "their deepest condolences" to the pilot's family.

They said the Air Show would go ahead at the request of the family.