Offaly plane crash caused by plane running out of fuel

A plane crash in Co Offaly last year which claimed the lives of two pilots occurred because the aircraft ran out of fuel.

Offaly plane crash caused by plane running out of fuel

A plane crash in Co Offaly last year which claimed the lives of two pilots occurred because the aircraft ran out of fuel.

31-year-old pilot Niall Doherty, from Roscrea in Co Tipperary, and 31-year-old student pilot Damien Deegan from Crinkle in Birr, both died when the Cesna aircraft crashed in scrubland in Birr last November.

A report by the Air Accident Investigation Unit found no mechanical fault with the plane itself, which was operated by the Ormond Flying Club, but said the crash happened because of a lack of fuel.

The AAIU has made eight recommendations to the flying club, the Irish Aviation Authority and the General Aviation Safety Council of Ireland.

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