A report into a plane crash that killed two pilots last year has concluded that the accident occurred because the aircraft ran out of fuel.

Pilot Niall Doherty from Roscrea and student pilot Damien Deegan from Crinkle, both aged 31, died instantly when the Cesna aircraft crashed into scrubland last November.

The report by the Air Accident Investigation Unit revealed that witnesses saw the aircraft, which was operated by the Ormand Flying Club, complete a "touch and go" where the plane touched down on the airstrip close to Birr.

However, as the plane climbed away the engine stopped and the aircraft went into a stall. It crashed nearby killing both pilots.

The report found no mechanical fault with the plane itself, but said the crash occurred due to the lack of fuel.

It made a number of recommendations to the flying club, the Irish Aviation Authority and the General Aviation Safety Council of Ireland.