TWO MEN have been killed after the light aircraft they were travelling in crashed in a rural area in County Wexford.
Emergency services were called to the crash site yesterday evening, October 6th, at about 5.45pm, but both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
Gardaí, ambulances, the Fire Brigade and the Coast Guard were among the first responders.
It is believed the men, who have not yet been named, are from Counties Wexford and Kildare respectively.
The crash occurred in Gibletstown in the South-East county just minutes after taking off from an airfield in Taghmon.
According to RTÉ, it is believed that the light aircraft exploded upon impact with the ground or shortly beforehand.
The plane crashed in a rural area close to the county's coastline. Despite reports that debris from the wreckage is widespread, there have been no other casualties reported.
A post mortem examination is taking place, and gardaí have begun a number of investigations into the details leading up to the crash.
Local independent Councillor Ger Carthy, himself a member of the emergency services, spoke to RTE News at the scene of the crash, where he offered his condolences to family members and thanked first responders.
"It's a tragedy of unspeakable proportions and our thoughts and prayers are with both families tonight at this very difficult time."