Four killed as plane plunges into peat bog

Bray People - - Bray People - Myles BUCHANAN

A TRIP in a four seater light air­craft turned to tragedy when it nosed dived into a bog in the Wick­low Moun­tains, killing three mem­bers of the one fam­ily and a young 14 year old passenger trav­el­ling with them.

Pi­lot Sharif Booz, his Ir­ish-born wife Mar­garet, their 14 year old son Ay­man and his friend, Char­lie Froud, were the only oc­cu­pants of the Piper-PA 28 plane and all per­ished in the ac­ci­dent.

The plane left Glouces­ter Air­port just be­fore 10 a.m. on Satur­day morn­ing and it’s be­lieved they were trav­el­ling to Kil­rush air­field in County Kil­dare to meet some Ir­ish rela- tives in Newbridge. The last radar sight­ing of the ves­sel was at 12.17 p.m. on Satur­day.

Gar­daí were alerted about the miss­ing air­craft in the evening and de­tails of its last radar po­si­tion in the Wick­low Moun­tains were handed over to them.

Once news broke about the miss­ing plane, the gar­daí re­ceived a num­ber of calls, in­clud­ing one from a hillwalker who heard what they thought was an air­craft in dif­fi­culty in an area south of Hol­ly­wood ear­lier that same day.

At 9.50 p.m. The Glen of Imaal Moun­tain Res­cue Team and t h e Dublin/Wick­low Moun­tain Res­cue Team were re­quested to aid in the search of the air­craft last seen over the Wick­low Moun­tains.

Moun­tain res­cue per­son­nel worked along­side the Coast­guard to try and fi­nalise the search area, while res­cue teams be­gan search­ing forestry tracks in the area.

With dark­ness de­scend­ing it was de­cided to hold off from a full-scale search un­til first light Sun­day morn­ing.

On Sun­day morn­ing at 7 a.m. the two Wick- low based moun­tain res­cue teams in co­op­er­a­tion with the Gar­daí, the coast­guard and other res­cue teas like SEMRA, Mournes Moun­tain Res­cue Team and The Search and Res­cue Dogs As­so­ci­a­tion (SARDA) and the Civil De­fence all set off to lo­cate the air­craft and the four pas­sen­gers on board.

The moun­tain res­cue teams were dis­patched to the moun­tain­ous area from Cor­riebracks, Lobawn and the Su­gar­loaf stretch­ing south of the Bless­ing­ton Lakes as far as the Glen of Imaal where a low fly­ing air­craft in trou­ble was spot­ted the pre­vi­ous day.

Sadly at 9.30 a.m. mem­bers dis­patched as part of a rapid re­sponse moun­tain res­cue unit lo­cated the miss­ing air­craft, em­bed­ded in peat at Cor­riebracks near Hol­ly­wood. There were no sur­vivors. All of the de­ceased are from Lower Al­monds­bury,

Bris­tol.

Emer­gency ser­vices at the crash site in the Wick­low moun­tains.

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