A small private aeroplane has crashed in County Mayo yesterday evening.
The single-engine Beech 77 with two men on board came down in a field in Kilmovee, Co. Mayo.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Gardaí have named him as Markus Casey from Salthill, Co. Galway. The second man on board was seriously injured and has been taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar.
The two-seater light aircraft had earlier left Ireland West Airport at Knock and was bound for Weston Airport in Dublin. Shortly after take-off the pilot then tried to turn back and make an emergency landing at Knock, but failed to reach the airport.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the aircraft suffered a technical failure. The wreckage of the plane is being removed to Gormanstown, Co. Meath for a more detailed examination by the Air Accident Investigation Unit.
The Emerald Islander