Names of County Offaly plane crash victims released

Emergency services at the scene of the crash Image copyright RTE
Image caption The plane crashed shortly after 16 parachutists jumped from it during a scheduled jump.

The two people killed in a light aircraft crash in County Offaly on Sunday were pilot Neil Bowditch and seven-year-old Kacper Kacprzak.

Kacper was the son of a Polish national living in Dublin.

His father was one of 16 parachutists who jumped from the plane earlier during a scheduled jump.

Mr Bowditch was in his 40s and believed to be from Staffordshire in England. His relatives were travelling to the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.

'Beautiful boy'

A GoFundMe page has been started to support the families of the two crash victims.

In a tribute on the page, Allaiouti Hassan, a member of the Irish Parachute Club said: "I myself have a son the same age as Kacper who loves planes.

"Having met Kacper at the club I know he was such a beautiful boy who would touch anyone's heart. Please everyone let's support their families at this tragic time."

The plane took off from Clonbullogue Airfield at 14:45 BST on Sunday.

All 16 parachutists jumped from the plane, but it crashed in bogland shortly afterwards.

On Monday, parts of the Cessna aircraft were moved to a warehouse to allow for a forensic examination.

Officials from the Ireland's Air Accident Investigation Unit are continuing to examine the crash scene.

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