The man who died in the helicopter crash in Co Clare this afternoon has been named as Frederick Balcombe, who was 69 years old and from Skerries in Dublin.

The aircraft crashed as it was inspecting gas lines about 1km from the village of Ballynacally at around 1pm this afternoon.

There were two people on board the aircraft at the time; the pilot is not thought to be seriously injured.

Both people were employees of Irish Helicopters.

The managing director of the company has expressed his deep regret and concern for the familes of the crew.

The wreckage of the helicopter has now been removed from the site at Ballynacally.

It will be taken to a special air accident investigation site in Gormanstown in Co Meath where expert investigators will carry out further tests to try to establish what caused the crash.