Two separate investigations have been launched after a man in his 40s was killed when his light aircraft crashed in Longford last Sunday evening
William Hillick, who is a well-known pilot from Mullingar, was pronounced dead at the scene at Abbeyshrule airfield .
Reports state that he carried out a number of mid-air manoeuvres on his return to the air field. Abbeyshrule Aerodrome is just off of the N55 Athlone Road following an ‘acrobatic stunt show’.
It is the second crash in the area in the past year after a helicopter crashed into the side of the Rustic Inn pub last July.
Astonishingly the two pilots walked away with minor injuries, and despite extensive damage to the pub there were no injuries to any of the customers or staff inside.
Following Mr Hillick’s fatal accident former flying instructor George Farrar told Ireland Live News: “I have been flying out of here for 43 years this is the first fatality we have had. We have an ideal safety record here in Abbeyshrule.
“I believe there are some pilots involved in aerobatics here in Abbeyshrule, but it is not very common.
“It is mostly flying training that we do here.”