Updated: 05/05/18 : 07:55:05
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Pilot dies in Mayo light aircraft crash

The Air Accident Investigation Unit is to carry out an investigation following the death of a man in his 50s after a small plane crash in Co Mayo yesterday evening.

The crash occurred on the outskirts of Ballina.

The victim is a local man, married with teenage children.

Neighbours described him as a small plane enthusiast who went flying after work yesterday evening.

Locals reported hearing sounds which indicated the plane was in distress before it hit the ground suddenly.

It is understood the man was trapped in the cockpit.

Inspectors from the Air Accident Investigation Unit arrived at the crash scene last night off the Ballina to Ballyconlon Road.

A post-mortem examination is being carried out on the body later today.

The Irish Aviation Authority are aware of the incident.