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    Air Corps pilot dies after his plane crashes in Offaly

    An Irish Air Corps pilot has died in a place crash in County Offaly. His light aircraft came down shortly after take off from the airfield at Clonbulloge. The man who was in his early twenties was the sole occupant of the four-seater Cessna. The Irish Parachute Club runs an airfield near the village which is often used for training by the Aer Corps.

    Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam uasal dilis.

  • #2
    He's been named as Lt. Raymond Heerey.

    God bless.
    "The dolphins were monkeys that didn't like the land, walked back to the water, went back from the sand."

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    • #3
      From RTE

      Pilot killed in Co Offaly aircraft crash

      06 May 2004 16:52
      A young Air Corps pilot was killed during a training exercise in Co Offaly this afternoon.

      He was 2nd Lieutenant Raymond Heerey, from Oldcastle, Co Meath. The 22-year-old was commissioned as an officer 18 months ago.

      Lt. Heerey was flying a four-seater Cessna when it crashed shortly after take-off in Clonbullogue just before 1pm. He was the only person on board.

      The Irish Parachute Club runs an airfield near the village which is used by the air corps parachute section.

      The dead pilot had been on duty carrying parachutists to and from Baldonnel.

      The Minister for Defence, Michael Smith, said he learned with great sadness of the tragic accident.
      "The dolphins were monkeys that didn't like the land, walked back to the water, went back from the sand."

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      • #4
        Was it one of the Air Corp cessna he was flying or was it a civilian plane? I.E. was he on duty at the time?

        Regardless, may he rest in peace
        There is no problem that cannot be fixed with high explosive.

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        • #5
          RIP
          On duty by the news reports,
          EDIT: It was a training exercise
          Last edited by Come-quickly; 6 May 2004, 17:38.
          "It is a general popular error to imagine that loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for it's welfare" Edmund Burke

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          • #6
            according to franks site it was 243, the attrition replacement with the wheel spats. often saw it flying at home, flew right over my house a few times.


            RIP
            "Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here...this is the War Room!"

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            • #7
              God bless ya Raymond you were a good man.

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              • #8
                I'm asking everyone to refrain from posting speculation about the crash here.

                Feel free to continue with the condolences.
                "The dolphins were monkeys that didn't like the land, walked back to the water, went back from the sand."

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                • #9
                  Rest in Peace

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                  • #10
                    My condolences to the family of 2nd Lieutenant Raymond Heery.
                    May he rest in peace.
                    Last edited by CTU; 24 June 2004, 04:04.
                    It was the year of fire...the year of destruction...the year we took back what was ours.
                    It was the year of rebirth...the year of great sadness...the year of pain...and the year of joy.
                    It was a new age...It was the end of history.
                    It was the year everything changed.

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                    • #11
                      Condolences to Family and friends

                      Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

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                      • #12
                        Condolences to his family and friends.

                        RIP

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                        • #13
                          High Flight

                          Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
                          And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
                          Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
                          Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
                          You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
                          High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
                          I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
                          My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

                          Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
                          I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
                          Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
                          And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
                          The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
                          Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

                          - Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr, Killed in a flying accident 11th December 1941
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                          With 50,000 men getting killed a week, who's going to miss a pigeon?

                          Guns don't kill people, bullets kill people.

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                          • #14
                            rest in peace.

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                            • #15
                              RIP

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