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Two killed in light aircraft crash in Co Wexford

The crash happened in the Gibletstown area, near Duncormick in the south of the county
Andrea McKernon

TWO people have been killed in a light aircraft crash in Co Wexford.

The incident happened in the Gibletstown area, near Duncormick in the south of the county, earlier this evening.

Gardaí have confirmed that two males are dead following the crash which happened at about 5.45pm.

It is understood the bodies of the deceased are still at the scene but will be taken to hospital later for post-mortem examinations.

Initial reports indicate that the small airplane exploded, either on impact with the ground or shortly beforehand, in a field in this rural part of Wexford, close to the coastline and Kilmore Quay.

The light aircraft is believed to have taken off from an air field in the Taghmon area of Wexford, just minutes from the crash location.

Emergency services, including gardaí, fire brigade, and Coast Guard personnel are at the scene at the moment.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit confirmed that inspectors were expected to get to the location of the crash shortly after 9pm to make an initial assessment.

A number of investigations, including by gardaí and the AAIU, are under way.

The Rescue 117 Coast Guard helicopter was also sent to the scene to help with any search or recovery operation once the initial report of the crash was received.

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