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Huge sorrow over death of child and pilot

There will be enormous regret over the deaths of seven-year-old Kacper Kacprzak and experienced British pilot Neil Bowditch in a light aircraft crash in Co Offaly.

Little Kacper from west Dublin, seen with Mr Bowditch in the poignant photograph which we publish today, had watched his father Kris make a scheduled jump from the plane along with 15 fellow members of the Irish Parachute Club just minutes before the tragedy.

The club has said that it was `deeply saddened' by the accident, which took place in the Edenderry area on Sunday and is the subject of a full investigation by the aviation authorities.

An online fundraising initiative has already raised a five-figure sum for the families of the victims and the thoughts and prayers of the entire community will also be with them in the difficult days ahead.

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