Belfast Telegraph

Pilot hurt in light plane crash

A pilot and his student were injured when their light aircraft crashed in a field during a training flight in South Tipperary.

The UK-registered Pegasus Quantum Microlite aircraft, which had taken off from Kilkenny airfield, encountered technical difficulties and crashed near Ballyduggan, at about 11.30am.

Pilot Vincent Vaughan suffered minor injuries while his student, Gerard Murphy, was airlifted to Waterford Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

A spokeswoman for Ireland's Department of Transport said the pair, both in their 40s, had a lucky escape.

She said: "The aircraft ran into technical difficulties and came down heavily. The two of them are very lucky that they weren't more seriously injured."

Investigators from the Department of Transport's Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) arrived at the scene some two hours after the accident to examine the aircraft and crash site.

It is understood the aircraft was substantially damaged.

The Waterford-based Coast Guard helicopter airlifted Mr Murphy to Waterford Regional Hospital after a request from Wexford ambulance service.

Mr Vaughan was taken to hospital by ambulance with what are believed to have been minor injuries.

Air accident investigators are to remove the aircraft to the AAIU's facility at Gormanston in Co Meath for further examination.

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