Date Published : June 13th, 2013 Published By : admin
TWO men escaped with their lives when their light aircraft crashed into electrical wires and lost its wings.
The incident happened at Crinkle, Birr, Co. Offaly at about 4.40pm when the plane was being flown to Birr from Abbeyshrule, Co. Longford. Pilot Kieran Dardis, (60’s) and passenger Pat Cleary (early 50’s) from Mullingar, Co.Westmeath walked away from the two-seater aircraft wreckage when the Samba XL plane came down near Birr.
Following the crash, and despite their ordeal, both men managed to walk away from the crash before the first of the emergency services had arrived on scene. Their injuries were described as minor.
An Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) team was sent to the scene yesterday evening to investigate the cause of the accident.