Niall Doherty, Flight Instructor
Damien Deegan, Student Pilot
The wreckage of the light aircraft that crashed in Clonkelly, outside Birr, Co Offaly, being loaded on to a trailer. Photograph: James Flynn/APX
Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 12:42 PM
The preliminary investigation into a plane crash in which two men died in Co Offaly last month has determined the aircraft had no technical defects.
Flight instructor Niall Doherty from Roscrea and student pilot Damien Deegan from Crinkle were killed when the Cessna light aircraft came down near Birr airfield on November 12.
The air accident investigations unit has found evidence the propeller was not rotating at the time of impact, and there was no substantial fuel deposit at the crash site.
The investigation will now focus on how much fuel was on board the aircraft.
Flight instructor and pupil killed as plane plunges into field: http://www.independent.ie