The Air Accident Investigation Unit has made a series of recommendations following a light aircraft crash in which a seven-year-old boy and the pilot were killed in 2018 in Co Offaly. 

The pilot, Niall Bowditch, 47, from the UK, was killed on 13 May 2018 in the crash along with seven-year-old Kacper Kacprzak.

Kacper was the son of a man from west Dublin who took part in a parachute jump minutes beforehand from the plane. 

The report finds that the operations manual of the parachute club did not contain any procedures regarding the carriage of passengers.

EU regulations prohibit the carriage of persons other than those indispensable to the mission on board an aircraft being used for specialised operations.

It also says that the aircraft owner did not have a policy regarding the carriage of passengers in aircraft that it leased out.

The report recommends that the Irish Parachute Club should revise its operations manual to include specific procedures regarding the leasing of aircraft for operations at the Club and the use of pilots associated with such aircraft operations.

It also says the club should prohibit the carriage of persons other than those indispensable to the mission on aircraft being used for parachute/skydiving operations as required by Commission Regulation. 

It says the firm who owned the aircraft should revise its aircraft leasing arrangements to specifically prohibit the carriage of persons other than those indispensable to the mission on aircraft it owns being used for parachute/skydiving operations. 

Finally, it says the IAA should revise its Operations Advisory Memorandums regarding parachute operations to highlight that the carriage of persons other than those indispensable to the mission on aircraft being used for such operations is prohibited.