Kacper Kacprzac, 7, had just watched his father Kris leap from the cabin with 15 other thrillseekers when the Cessna Grand Caravan plummeted to the ground
THE young boy who died in Sunday afternoon’s horror plane crash was aboard because he loved to see his skydiving dad in action.
Seven-year-old Kacper Kacprzac had just watched his father Kris leap from the cabin with 15 other thrillseekers when the Cessna Grand Caravan plummeted to the ground near Edenderry, Co Offaly.
Pilot Neil Bowditch, who was visiting from the UK, was also killed as the aircraft hit the Clonbullogue bog “like a torpedo”.
Yesterday it emerged that tragic Kacper had been a familiar face at the Irish Parachute Club’s base in nearby Clonbullogue, where Kris is a highly regarded jumper.
A source said: “Kris was a regular skydiver here and Kacper often accompanied him.
“The boy was known because he would often be here with his father, and he loved to watch him jump.”
The family, originally from Poland, are understood to live in Dublin.
Post-mortems on the two victims — who were dug from the plane wreckage late on Sunday night following a six-hour recovery operation — were due to take place at Midlands Regional Hospital yesterday.
Air Accident investigators were meanwhile at the crash scene all day, but faced difficulties moving the aircraft, which is believed to be embedded about four metres into the bog.
Gardai called in Bord na Mona, who have specialised earth-moving machinery, but the wreck still hadn’t been worked free by last night.
Air Accident Investigation Unit has confirmed that the Cessna will be taken to its base at Gormanston Military Camp for further technical examination.
The Irish Parachute Club, which posted a statement on its website expressing its members’ “deep sadness”, was set to discuss the tragedy at emergency meeting.
The club said: “The Board of Directors, members and friends of the Irish Parachute Club are deeply saddened at the death of the occupants of the aircraft that was operating on behalf of the club.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. We would like to thank the Air Accident Investigation Unit and the emergency services who are continuing their investigation at this very difficult time.”
Director Fergus McDonnell told the Irish Sun: “It’s in the hands of the air accident investigators so I can only refer to you the statement on our website. We have no more comment to make.
“I’m on my way in to a meeting about the accident now.”
Air Accident investigators arrived at the scene following the crash on Sunday and returned to the site early yesterday morning.
In a statement they said: “The AAIU deployed three Inspectors of Air Accidents on being notified of the accident on May 13, 2018.
“The AAIU team returned to the accident site this morning at 08.00 hrs to complete a site survey and co-ordinate removal of the aircraft wreckage. #
“The aircraft wreckage will be brought to the AAIU facility at Gormanston Military Camp for further technical examination later today.”
Local councillor Liam Quinn described it as a “very black day for Co Offaly” adding it was particularly sad that there “is a primary school today without a student”.
Offaly County Councillor Martin O’Reilly said that the seriousness of the incident is only just setting in.
He said: “There was a sense of disbelief, shock and horror at such an incident in our area, particularly associated with the parachute club.
“We’re only waking up to this shocking news and it’s only setting in, how serious it’s been.”
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