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Double-engine failure believed to have caused light aircraft crash landing in Wexford

Double-engine failure is believed to have been the cause of a plane crash landing in Co Wexford y...
Eoghan Murphy
Eoghan Murphy

06.39 24 Sep 2021


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Double-engine failure believed...

Double-engine failure believed to have caused light aircraft crash landing in Wexford

Eoghan Murphy
Eoghan Murphy

06.39 24 Sep 2021


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Double-engine failure is believed to have been the cause of a plane crash landing in Co Wexford yesterday evening.

It had an emergency landing on Burrow Beach, near Carnsore Point, at about 5pm.

Four people were on-board the light aircraft - two men, in their 20s and 50s, and two women in their 30s.

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The male pilot is believed to have suffered two broken legs in the crash, while the female co-pilot is also said to have broken a leg.

The other man and woman on-board the four-seater aircraft suffered less serious injuries.

Coast Guard helicopters brought the pilot and co-pilot to hospital, while the two people at the rear of the plane were taken to hospital by road ambulance.

Ger Carthy, ambulance officer for Wexford who lives in the area, was at the scene.

He said: "The light aircraft had its nose in the sea, and the four casualties were on the shore.

"We're led to believe they lost both engines - they were doing some marine surveys... just off Cansore Point. They ran into difficulty around a mile off [shore]."

The Air Accident Investigation Unit is carrying out an investigation into the incident.

Main image: Beach near Carnsore Point. Picture via Google Maps

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