A man has died after the microlight he was piloting crashed in Co Clare this afternoon.
The circumstances of the tragedy are still unclear, but it is believed that the incident happened around 4:45 p.m. in a field on Ballard Road about 1km from Miltown Malbay.
Paramedics from the National Ambulance Service, Clare County Fire and Rescue Service units from Ennistymon Station and Gardaí rushed to the scene.
The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) air ambulance from Athlone was also tasked with the incident.
However, the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.
Man is believed to have flown a flexwing microlight composed of a hang glider wing and a single engine.
The Department of Transportation’s Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) has been notified and is expected to dispatch inspectors to the scene early Monday. Gardaí kept the scene until the inspectors arrived.
A Garda spokesman confirmed: “Gardaí and emergency services are currently at the scene of an incident in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare that occurred this afternoon.
“A man was fatally injured when a motor glider he was flying crashed. The man’s body remains at the crime scene. The crime scene is currently secured and the Air Accident Investigation Center has been notified.”
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