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Pilot killed in crash was due at Foynes Air Show

Published 25/07/2015

Gardai are investigating a light aircraft crash
Gardai are investigating a light aircraft crash

A pilot who died in a light aircraft crash in southern Ireland had been due to appear at an air show tomorrow.

The man was killed when a single-seat aeroplane came down at Clonea Upper near Dungarvan, County Waterford.

Emergency services were called to the accident site, believed to be in a field, at around 6.45pm, but gardai said a man in his 60s had died in the crash.

He was set to appear at the Foynes Air Show in west Limerick, west Ireland, organisers said.

Air show director Gerry Humphreys said the accident happened after the man's plane developed technical problems.

He said: "The pilot had taken off from Waterford and was on transit to Shannon Airport when a technical issue occurred.

"The aircraft crashed as the pilot was attempting to return to Waterford Airport. He was fatally injured in the crash.

"The organisers would like to express their deepest condolences to the pilot's family who have requested that we proceed with the air show.

"We have decided to proceed with the show and dedicate the event to our colleague's memory."

Gardai said they believed the accident involved just one person, the pilot, and that air accident investigators are looking into the cause of the crash.

The Foynes Air Show is expected to attract more than 15,000 aviation enthusiasts to the shores of the Shannon Estuary.

Crowds will see Second World War planes, Aer Lingus's first plane and modern fighter jets, as well as aircraft displays from across Europe and some of the world's top aerobatic pilots.

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