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Air accident investigation launched after elderly man dies in light aircraft crash

The man was the sole occupant of the airplane.

The N25 near to the scene of the plane crash.
The N25 near to the scene of the plane crash.
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GARDAÍ AND AVIATION authorities have launched an investigation after an elderly man died in a light aircraft crash yesterday.

A man in his 80s died yesterday after the aircraft he was flying crashed at Knocknagranagh, outside of Dungarvan in Waterford.

Emergency services – including the Rescue 117 Coast Guard helicopter - attended the scene of the crash but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body was taken to University Hospital Waterford where a post-mortem was due to be carried out.

The man was the sole passenger of the aircraft.

The scene of the crash was preserved and the Air Accidents Investigation Unit were notified. Investigators from the AAIU attended the scene last night.

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A spokesperson for the AAIU confirmed that investigators would be on site again today to further examine the scene and recover the wreckage of the aircraft.

The crash is close to the area where pilot Howard Cox crashed his plane in July, 2015.

Cox – who was from Devon in England – died after his plane came down near Clonea Upper close to Clonea beach.

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