Light aircraft crash victims 'were experienced pilots'

Light aircraft crash victims 'were experienced pilots'
Emergency services at the scene of a light aircraft crash in County Antrim yesterday. Pic: Justin Kernoghan

Two people who died when a light aircraft crashed and caught fire in Northern Ireland were experienced pilots, a DUP MP has said.

They were members of the Ulster Flying Club, based at Newtownards airfield in Co Down, Jim Shannon added.

Paramedics, firefighters and an air ambulance helicopter attended the site near Nutts Corner in Co Antrim after the Cessna plane caught fire.

The incident happened close to a wooded area shortly after noon on Thursday, two or three miles from Belfast International Airport.

Strangford DUP MP Mr Shannon said: "They were very much involved in (aviation) and experienced pilots, there is no doubt that is the case, whatever the reason for the accident."

He said the investigation would be thorough.

The focus has to be on the families - there are two empty chairs, their families are grieving, and we need to focus on how we support the families.

"The flying club is a very strong fraternity, they are a family and they will gather round and support each other."

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said no patients were taken from the scene. It put its major incident protocols into action but the incident was stood down at 12.49pm.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch sent a team to Crumlin.

The plane ended up on a grassy area in the middle of a wood. Part of it was covered by what appeared to be a blue tarpaulin.

Police cordons were established to maintain the integrity of the scene.

Newtownards airport, where the Ulster Flying Club is based, said it would make no comment.


More in this Section

Protest against Co Leitrim asylum housing plans stood down with immediate effectProtest against Co Leitrim asylum housing plans stood down with immediate effect

Eoin Ó Broin: Housing is 'single biggest failure' of coalition GovernmentEoin Ó Broin: Housing is 'single biggest failure' of coalition Government

Gardaí release men arrested in connection with Lucan shootingGardaí release men arrested in connection with Lucan shooting

Gardaí investigating overnight attempted theft of ATM in LouthGardaí investigating overnight attempted theft of ATM in Louth


Lifestyle

Kate Tempest’s Vicar Street show began with the mother of all selfie moments. The 33 year-old poet and rapper disapproves of mid-concert photography and instructed the audience to get their snap-happy impulses out of the way at the outset. What was to follow would, she promised, be intense. We should give ourselves to the here and now and leave our phones in our pockets.Kate Tempest dives deep and dark in Dublin gig

Des O'Sullivan examines the lots up for auction in Bray.A Week in Antiques: Dirty tricks and past political campaigns

Following South Africa’s deserved Rugby World Cup victory I felt it was about time that I featured some of their wines.Wine with Leslie Williams

All your food news.The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

More From The Irish Examiner