A plane that crashed in County Kildare killing two men last month fell from the sky in around 30 seconds.
70-year-old James Price and 58-year-old Aidan Rowsome died after their small plane came down in a remote field at Belan near Athy on June 14th.
A preliminary investigation into the crash by the Air Accident Investigation Unit has found that the plane was flying 3,200 feet above the ground just after 6:17pm when its engine power was reduced.
It finds that the plane “rapidly lost height” at around 6:21pm and hit the ground 30 seconds later.
Both men were fatally injured in the crash and the plane was destroyed. There was no fire.
The report finds that plane – a BRM Aero Bristell NG5 – came down vertically while rotating anti-clockwise.
Witnesses who saw the plane before the crash said it appeared to be flying normally and the engine sounded normal.
There were no witnesses to the final moments of the accident.