£23,000 raised for fam­i­lies of air crash vic­tims

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY IAN BE­G­LEY

AL­MOST £23,000 has been raised for the fam­i­lies of seven-yearold Kacper Kacprzak and pi­lot Neil Bowditch, who were killed in a plane crash in Co Of­faly on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

A GoFundMe cam­paign, set up by Ir­ish Para­chute Club mem­ber Al­laiouti Has­san, said they are heart­bro­ken by the loss of “two cher­ished mem­bers. This is a dif­fi­cult time for us all,” he wrote.

“I know that our sky­div­ing fam­ily and the wider com­mu­nity want to come to­gether and do what we can to support the fam­i­lies af­fected by this tragic ac­ci­dent.

“I my­self have a son the same age as Kacper who loves planes.

“Hav­ing met Kacper at the club, I know he was such a beau­ti­ful boy who would touch any­one’s heart.”

Mr Bowditch, also known as ‘Billy’, was de­scribed as a “true gen­tle­man and a thought­ful and great pi­lot”, by Mr Has­san.

The plane, which crashed near Clon­bul­logue, nose­dived straight into a for­est and sub­merged it­self around 15 feet deep in bog­land.

Kacper and Mr Bowditch were killed min­utes af­ter 16 parachutists from the Ir­ish Para­chute Club suc­cess­fully made a jump. The boy’s fa­ther Kris was one of those who jumped from the air­craft.

COLIN KEE­GAN

Neil Bowditch and Kacper Kacprzak, who died in theair crash in Co Of­faly

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