Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cessna 206: Incident occurred June 21, 2014 near Abbeyshrule Aerodrome, County Longford, Ireland

Air accident investigators are expected to attend at the scene of a light aircraft crash that happened close to Abbeyshrule airfield earlier today.

No-one was injured in the crash, which involved what is believed to be a single-engined Cessna 206 with a number of skydivers on board.

The accident happened at around 1.30 pm, just minutes after the plane had taken off from the airfield in Abbeyshrule.

The plane - believed to be a UK-registered craft - is understood to have suffered engine trouble, but the pilot managed to glide it a safe landing in a field at Colehill, about 3km from Abbeyshrule.  The plane suffered some damage in the landing process.

It is understood a number of people were to make charity jumps today in Abbeyshrule, and that there was a film crew present to film their experience.

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Five people escaped injury today after the plane they were traveling in crash landed in County Longford. 

 Along with the pilot, there were four people on board who were due to undertake skydives.

Shortly after take off from Abbeyshrule Aerodrome in the early afternoon, the Cessna 206 crash landed in a field just past the village of Colehill.

The five occupants weren’t injured; however the pain sustained some damage in the landing process.

Members of the Air Accident Investigation Unit have carried out a preliminary investigation at the scene.

They are now expected to remove the aircraft to their facility in Gormanstown, Co Meath for further investigation.


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