The two men who died in this morning's light aircraft crash in Co Westmeath have been described as 'experienced pilots'.

One was a flying instructor, while the second was a trainee instructor. The men were both aged 38 and from Dublin.

The victims have been named as Liam Ryan, from Kincora Grove in Clontarf, and Joseph McCabe, from Mount Bellew Rise in Lucan.

They died when their Cessna 150 aircraft came down near the village of Raharney while on a training exercise.

The aircraft was owned by businessman Ciaran O'Connor, who runs the National Flight Centre at Weston Aerodrome.

The two men died on impact and their bodies were brought to the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The Department of Transport's Air Accident Investigation Unit is carrying out an investigation into the circumstances of the accident.

The parts of the plane collected by investigators are being brought to the AAIU's facility in Gormanston, Co Meath, for analysis.