Updated: 08/05/18 : 06:13:22
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Pilot who died in Mayo named as Sligo man

Air accident investigators are probing a plane crash which claimed the life of a dad-of-two in Mayo on Friday.

Pilot Michael McCarrick, aged in his fifties and with two teenage children, was killed after the light aircraft he was flying came down near Ballina in north Mayo.

It emerged at the weekend that Mr McCarrick,
a small plane enthusiast, was from Sligo.

The news of the accident caused shock throughout hometown of Doomore, Cloonacool, near Tubbercurry.

It is understood that on the doomed flight he flew over his native Cloonacool region before heading back to to the airfield in Ballina.

He was a popular local figure who worked as a network technician for the ESB for the past 40 years.

Itís believed he went flying in a twin-seater aircraft after work on Friday evening to take advantage of the good weather.

Lost altitude

The plane reportedly lost altitude rapidly and hit the ground suddenly in a field at Breaffy, about three miles from the town, shortly after 6pm.

Eye witnesses reported hearing sounds which indicated the light aircraft was in distress before it hit the ground.

It is understand Mr McCarrick, the only person on board, was trapped in the cockpit.

Emergency services, including units from Mayo Fire Service, rushed to the scene but were unable to save him.

A post mortem was carried out on the body of the deceased man in Castlebar General Hospital on Monday.

Mr McCarrick's funeral will take place today, Tuesday at St Muredach's Cathedral, Ballina at 12.30pm with cremation after at Lakeland's Crematorium, Cavan.

He is survived by his wife Breege, children Finn and Aoife, mother Kathleen, brothers Tom, Patrick and James. Sisters Mary, Bernie, Catherine and Monica.