Two Irishmen in their 50s seriously injured after horror plane crash
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Two Irishmen in their 50s seriously injured after horror plane crash

TWO Irish men in their 50s have been left seriously injured after a horrific aircraft crash in the Czech Republic.

The men, named in their native Co. Laois as Ger Doody and Ned McEvoy, suffered serious injuries in a plane collision just outside of Prague on Wednesday morning.

Mr Doody is in a critical condition in intensive care while Mr McEvoy is understood to have suffered a number of badly broken bones.

According to the local Leinster Express newspaper, both men are partners in Ridge Aviation, a light aircraft business based at Eyne Airfield in Co. Laois.

Mr Doody works for the well-known Portlaoise car dealership Downey's Autostop on the Dublin Road.

The pair are believed to have been on a business trip looking to secure a new aircraft in the Czech Republic when tragedy struck.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance.

Speaking last night, Portlaoise Fine Gael councillor William Aird said: “I'm deeply concerned to hear the news. The two men are good friends who have a life-long interest in flying.

"They have their own hangar and they are often seen flying over the town in light planes. Both are family men in their mid-50s.

“The whole community will be wishing them a speedy recovery.”