Aircraft crash kills two men in Kildare

Irish Coast Guard
Image caption The Irish Coast Guard helicopter was involved in finding the plane

Air accident investigators have removed the wreckage of a light aircraft that crashed in Co Kildare killing two men.

It happened at Belan, near Athy, on Thursday night.

The victims, one aged 70 and the other in his late 50s, were travelling in a BRM NG5 - a two-seater aircraft.

The wreckage of the plane was found in a field at about 04:30 local time on Friday after a search by police and the Irish Coast Guard helicopter.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) is carrying out an investigation.

'Methodical operation'

The wreckage of the aircraft has been taken to the AAIU base at Gormanston, Co Meath, for further examination.

AAIU inspector Howard Hughes said that rain had hampered the operation and that his investigators needed to secure the wreckage without disturbing any potential evidence, describing this as "careful and methodical".

Mr Hughes added it was their understanding that there was no onboard flight recorder and that an aircraft such as this was not obliged to carry one.

In an earlier statement, the AAIU said the plane was registered in the UK and "was engaged on a local flight from Kilrush Airfield yesterday evening" when the crash occurred.

The Irish Aviation Authority has been notified of the incident and said it will support the AAIU investigation.

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