Two suspected fatalities in Offaly plane crash

Paramedics are at the scene of a plane crash near Birr, Co. Offaly, where it is believed two men have died.

The plane had been a member of Birr Flying Club.

The light aircraft crash-landed in a field at Clonkelly Upper, just over two miles from Birr Airfield.

Gardaí at Birr are currently investigating the circumstances of this crash after being notified at approximately 4.50pm today that all contact had been lost between Air Traffic Control and the aircraft.

A search commenced and at 6.30pm with the assistance of the Garda Air Support and other emergency services.

The wreckage of a Cessna Light Training Aircraft was subsequently discovered at Clonkelly Upper, Birr, Co Offaly.

Emergency services immediately attended the scene which is currently preserved.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (Dept of Transport) have been notified.

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