A man has died after the light aircraft he was piloting crashed in Co Clare this afternoon.

The circumstances of the tragedy are still unclear, but it is known that the accident happened around 16.45 in a field off Ballard Road, about a kilometer from Milltown Mulbay.

Paramedics from the National Ambulance Service, units from County Clare Fire and Rescue Service from Ennistymon station and Gardaí rushed to the scene.

The Air Ambulance Service (EAS), based in Athlone, was also dispatched to the incident.

The man died on the spot.

Although there is some confusion about the type of aircraft involved, it is believed to have been a flexwing microlight, consisting of a delta-shaped hang glider wing and a single engine.

The Department for Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Unit (AAIU) has been notified of the crash and is expected to send investigators to the scene early Monday.

Gardaí secured the scene until AAIU inspectors arrived.

A Garda spokesman confirmed: “Gardaí and emergency services are currently at the scene of an incident in Milltown Malbay, Co Clare, which took place this afternoon.

A man was fatally injured in the crash of the motor glider he was flying. The man’s body remains in place. At the moment, the scene has been preserved and reported to the Air Accidents Investigation Team.”


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