Two dead in Galway plane crash

Thursday 05 July 2007 23.18
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Indreabhán - Two die in crash
Indreabhán - Two die in crash
Aerfort na Minna - Small plane crashes
Aerfort na Minna - Small plane crashes
Galway - Crash during landing
Galway - Crash during landing
Galway - Incident at Aerfort na Minna
Galway - Incident at Aerfort na Minna
Cessna - Two to three people were cut out of the plane
Cessna - Two to three people were cut out of the plane

Two people have been killed and seven others injured following a plane crash in Indreabhán in Connemara, Galway.

Its understood that people involved in today's tragedy were businessmen considering buying the aircraft that crashed while landing.

The Cessna Caravan plane was based in Weston Aerodrome outside Dublin, and had flown to Aerfort na Minna this morning to pick the men up, before taking them for a trial flight, and a meeting in Inis Meáin.  

It was on the return leg of the journey that the tragedy occured. Its believed the businessmen are all from the Clifden area and were involved in developing a new airport for North Connemara.

A spokesperson for University College Hospital Galway says two of the seven people admitted after today's crash are now listed as critical.

The remaining five are still been assessed for various injuries.

A spokesperson for Valentia Coast Guard said that two to three people were trapped in the plane and were cut out of it.

Two inspectors from the Air Accident Investigative Unit of the Department of Transport have arrived at the scene.  A third inspector is on his way.

An initial investigation into the cause of the crash has begun.

The plane was a privately owned, US registered, Irish operated aircraft.

Aerfort na Minna is the main airport for Aer Arann planes serving the Aran Islands, it is located about 20 miles from Galway city.