Four perish as airplane plummets into bog
A PROMINENT businessman, his wife, son and a teenage friend were killed when their single-engined aircaft crashed into a bog in the Wicklow Mountains at the weekend.
Sharif Booz, his Irish-born wife Margaret, their 14-year old son Ayman and his friend, Charlie Froud, were the only occupants of the aircraft.
Gardaí were alerted about the missing aircraft on Saturday evening and once the news broke they received a number of calls, including one from a hillwalker, who heard what he thought was an aircraft in difficulty in an area south of Hollywood earlier in the day.
At 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, members of a rapid response mountain rescue unit located the missing aircraft, partially embedded in a peat bog at Corriebracks near Hollywood. There were no survivors.
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An Army Air Corps helicopter removes the plane wreckage from a bog in the Wicklow mountains on Monday afternoon.