A family visiting relatives in Co Galway had a lucky escape when their four-seat airplane was forced to make an emergency landing in a field outside Borrisokane in Co Tipperary.

The family, a husband and wife in their 30s and their son and daughter, were en route from the Isle of Wight in the UK to Carnmore in Co Galway when the single engine on the piper aircraft suffered a failure just after 2pm.

The father, who was piloting the aircraft, made an emergency landing in a field after the plane lost engine power.

The plane landed smoothly and none of the four on board were injured.

It is understood that the four were on their way to visit relations in Co Galway.

A man raised the alarm through a local farmer and emergency services made their way to the scene.

An investigation is now under way and is being conducted by the Air Accident Investigation unit of the Department of Transport.

Sources said that had the engine failure happened over the Irish Sea or over rougher terrain the consequences could have been far more serious.