Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Urban Air UFM-10 Samba XLA, EI-XLA: Accident occured June 12, 2013 near Birr Airfield in Co Offaly, Ireland

The scene is close to where flight instructor Niall Doherty and advanced student pilot Damien Deegan, both 31, died when their Cessna 150H came down in scrubland last winter. The friends had been flying circuits with the grass landing strip in sight when the crash happened on the afternoon of November 11, 2012.

Two men had a miraculous escape last night after their light plane crashed after hitting a tree.

The two had been flying to Abbeyshrule Airfield, in Co Longford when they went down in Birr, Co Offaly.

It is believed they were on a flying lesson when the plane struck a tree in low visibility.

The pilot then tried to perform a crash landing as the pair hurtled towards the ground.

But thankfully, both men escaped serious injury, leaving the passengers with only a few bumps and bruises.

They were brought to the Midlands Regional Hospital where they were big treated for their injuries.

Councillor Michael Loughnane told how the area has already been struck by aviation tragedy.

He said: “This isn’t the first time there has been a crash in recent years.

“Only months ago, two men lost their lives in Birr.

“But touch wood, these men will make a full recovery.”

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