Pilot and 7-year-old boy on board when plane went down

Gardai have confirmed that a man and a seven-year-old boy have died following a plane crash in County Offaly.

Their bodies have been recovered tonight and brought to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore for a post mortem examination.

The light aircraft crashed into bogland near Edenderry yesterday afternoon after taking off earlier from an airstrip at Clonbullogue with 16 parachutists on board - all of whom made their jump, before the plane was spotted in difficulty.

Post mortem examinations will be carried out today.

A team of air accident investigators are also on site to try and find out exactly how this tragedy happened.