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Man in 50s dies in County Mayo small plane crash

Mayo crash scene Image copyright RTE
Image caption The crash happened off the Ballina to Ballyconlon Road on Friday night .

The Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit is investigating the death of a man in a small plane crash in County Mayo.

The crash happened on the outskirts of Ballina on Friday evening. The victim was a local man in his 50s and was married with teenage children.

Neighbours said he took the plane out after work on Friday.

People reported hearing sounds indicating the plane was in distress before it hit the ground suddenly.

It is understood the man was trapped in the cockpit.

Inspectors from the Air Accident Investigation Unit arrived at the crash scene off the Ballina to Ballyconlon Road on Friday night .

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