Boy killed in plane crash after dad's parachute jump


The victims of Sunday's plane crash in Offaly have been named as United Kingdom national Niall Bowditch, who was the pilot, and 7-year-old Kasper Kacprzak.

Gardaí said the aircraft, which took off from Clonbullogue Airfield at 2.45pm had 16 parachutists on board.

All 16 jumped from the craft, however witnesses reported seeing the aircraft crash shortly afterwards.

The remains of a man and a seven-year-old boy were recovered from the scene yesterday evening and taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore. The bodies were recovered from the wreckage on Sunday night.

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"I thought he was doing a stunt but I thought he was leaving it very late to turn around". When it got near the tree line a saw the tail moved a bit but I heard a thump then and that was it.

"Then I heard a awful roaring and it went straight down".

"I've seen them thousands of times", he said.

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"However, I knew the plane was in the wrong area".

The plane was located about two kilometres from the airfield in bogland between Edenderry and Daingean. "That roar will live with me for a while".

Meanwhile, another local resident Declan Burns (49) said he understood the plane had just dropped off the parachutists and was heading back to the airfield when something went terribly wrong and the plane - understood to be a Cessna Caravan - "just nose-dived".

"The Irish Parachute Club can confirm that the incident on Sunday 13th May involving an aircraft operating on behalf of the Irish Parachute Club has resulted in the deaths of both occupants", a statement on the home page of the club's website said.

He said: "People would be over there all the time, especially at weekends in the summer, a lot of people parachuting and a lot of fundraising jumpers".

Air crash investigators are surveying the scene of a fatal plane crash in Offaly to find out what happened.

Chairman of Offaly County Council, Liam Quinn, says it's a tragedy for all involved adding "that people are particularly, sad it's a very sad day, the fact that there's a young boy involved makes it all the worse".