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19.55 25 Jul 2015


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A man has died after a plane crashed in County Waterford yesterday evening.

The single-seater BD5 jet aircraft came down at about 6.30pm yesterday evening.

The victim had been bound for Shannon Airport to attend the Foynes air show, and crashed near Clonea Upper while trying to turn back for Waterford.

It is not yet known what caused the crash.

The pilot, who was believed to have been in his 60s, was due to participate in the Foynes Air Show tomorrow.

In a statement issued yesterday evening Foynes Air Show Director Gerry Humphreys 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," he added.

Brein McGinn is from Dungarvan - his friends saw the plane go down:


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