Air Accident Investigation Unit inspectors are in Duncormick today in an attempt to locate and remove all of the debris from the crashed aircraft which is believed to be scattered across several fields in the Ambrosetown area.
Meanwhile, the two men who died in the tragedy at 5.45 pm yesterday have been named as Peter Tawse, (61), from Old Ross, and John Finnan, (58), from Naas Co. Kildare. Both men were members of Wexford Flying Club and Mr Tawse was an experienced aviation instructor and also a former manager of Waterford Regional Airport.
The aircraft had taken off from a nearby airfield at Ardinagh, near Taghmon. It is believed the aircraft was being used for a training flight. Weather conditions were good.
Cllr Ger Carty, who is Chairman of Rosslare Municipal District Council and also a paramedic who responded to the crash, said it was a “tragedy of unspeakable proportions.” Cllr Carthy added that “something catastrophic must have happened mid- flight yesterday evening to cause the crash of a light plane in Co Wexford.”
Wexford County Council issued the following statement regarding the tragic event. “Yesterday evening (Sunday, October 6th) Wexford County Council Fire Services received a callout, following the crash of a light aircraft near the village of Duncormick. Two units of Wexford Fire Brigade, accompanied by the rostered senior fire officer, immediately mobilised and arrived at the location within minutes, where they provided assistance to the Gardaí and the ambulance service in removing two occupants of the aircraft from the scene. The fire crews also assisted the Gardaí and the Coastguard in conducting a detailed search of the entire area, which included the use of thermal imaging. They also erected privacy screens on the site.
“It’s been reported there were no others aboard the aircraft and there were no reports of any other casualties in the area.
“Wexford County Council despatched a number of roads staff to the site where they provided assistance to the Gardaí in securing the area and erecting tower lighting. A number of roads were closed and diversions put in place, with roads staff attending these closures overnight and throughout today, pending the completion of an air accident investigation.
“Wexford County Council has learned that sadly, both occupants of the aircraft have been pronounced dead. The Council’s offers its sincere sympathy to the families and friends of the deceased following this tragic incident.”