Two dead after light aircraft crashes in Co Kildare

An investigation is underway. Credit Niall Carson  PA

An investigation is underway. Credit Niall Carson PA

Two men have died in a plane crash in County Kildare.

Gardaí said the bodies of the men, one aged 70 and the other in his late 50s, were taken to the mortuary at Nass Hospital.

The wreckage of the plane was found at about 04:30 local time on Friday after a search by police and the Irish Coast Guard helicopter.

The AAIU is now at scene and the Irish Aviation Authority has been notified.

Investigators say its too early to say what may have caused the crash but they understand no distress signal had been sent by the aircraft.

AAIU investigator Howard Hughes.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit has confirmed an investigation has been launched.

The two men died after the light aircraft they were in crashed on Thursday evening.

The AAIU said the aircraft was registered in the United Kingdom and "was engaged on a local flight from Kilrush Airfield yesterday evening" when the crash occurred.

Superintendent Walker said a postmortem will likely be carried out either today or tomorrow morning.

A spokesman said: "The Air Accident Investigation Unit is responding to a light aircraft crash near Moon, Co Kildare".

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