TWO men were injured after their light aircraft crashed on the Kilkenny/Tipperary border at midday yesterday (Tuesday) while on a routine training flight from Kilkenny Airfield.
The name of the trainee on the flight, a man in his forties, has not been released. He has suffered serious injuries and had to be airlifted to Waterford regional hospital, where his condition is described as critical. The second man, a local flying instructor, Vincent Bowen, suffered minor injuries to his legs.
He was taken to Waterford regional hospital by ambulance.
The aircraft was described by the Irish Aviation Authority as a microlight. Microlights are not required to file flight plans before they fly, but the Kilkenny Poeple has learned that the plane was on a training run from Kilkenny to Slievenamon and returning to Kilkenny airfield when the crash occurred.
The cause of the crash is so far unknown. Gardai are carrying out a technical examination to try and determine what brought the light aircraft down.
An air accident investigation team has been notified and is on its way to the scene.
This isn’t the first serious accident involving a flight originating from Kilkenny airfield.
A number of years ago a highly experienced instructor, Martin Mulhall lost his life after crashing on approach to Kilkenny Airfield.
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