Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Slazenger family member 'critical'

One man was killed and another seriously injured when a light aircraft crashed in Co Wicklow
One man was killed and another seriously injured when a light aircraft crashed in Co Wicklow

A retired anaesthetist whose family founded the Slazenger sports brand was fighting for his life after a tragic plane crash which left another man dead.

Dr Michael Slazenger was seriously injured when his light aircraft overturned and crashed at a private airstrip on the grounds of his Powerscourt Estate in Co Wicklow.

The doctor's companion in the plane, 66-year-old Noel Whitney, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The two-seater single-engine aircraft got into difficulties as it was attempting to land at around 3pm.

Shocked golfers on the large estate in Enniskerry looked on as the plane's wing struck a tree before the aircraft flipped over, crashed and burst into flames at the end of the airstrip.

Dr Slazenger was rushed to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin and later transferred to the burns unit of St James' Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

Members of the Powerscourt Golf Club - of which the 69-year-old is president - witnessed the accident as it unfolded.

The club's general manager Bernard Gibbons said the club's 900 golfers were in shock.

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