Investigations are continuing into a light aircraft crash-landing on the beach off Carnsore Point in Co Wexford.

The four occupants of the aircraft - two men aged in their 20s and 50s and two women both aged in their 30s - sustained non life-threatening injuries in the incident, which took place on Carne beach at around 5.10pm yesterday.

The twin-engined, four-seater aircraft was carrying staff members from University College Cork who were conducting a marine life study off the south-east coast.

The Air Accident Investigations Unit has spent today recovering and removing the wreckage from the scene.

It will be taken to the AAIU base at Gormanstown in Co Meath for a full examination.

Investigators hope to speak to the passengers, and witnesses, in the coming days.

Jurgen Whyte, head of the AAIU, said it was not yet clear if it was an engine problem or control issue that led to the emergency landing.

He said the information from the pilot will be "crucial" to determine what type of technical issue arose and examination of the aircraft will also give important information.

Mr Whyte said pilots would be trained to conduct forced landings and he gave credit to the pilot who managed to complete yesterday's forced landing successfully.

The nearest location for him coming from the sea was the beach, he said, and that there would have been sudden deceleration.

"That is where some of the injuries were incurred on board."

The aircraft got into difficulty a short distance from the Wexford coast.

The pilot alerted the coastguard before making an emergency landing on the beach.

Emergency services including the fire service, ambulance personnel, gardaí, lifeboat and coastguard volunteers attended the scene, together with coastguard search and rescue helicopters from Waterford and Dublin.