Wednesday, June 19, 2019

THE FUNERALS of the two men killed in the ultralight plane crash in south Kildare on Thursday (June 13) will take place in Dublin today (June 17).

Aidan Rowsome (58), a company vice-president who lived in Kildare town and James Price (70), a retired Aer Lingus engineer from Balinteer in Dublin were killed when the plane in which they were travelling crashed into a field in the townland of Belan, just off the M9 near Moone.

The two men, both regarded as experienced pilots, had earlier taken off from Kilrush Airfield – halfway between Athy and Kilcullen – for what is believed to have been a simple training flight in Mr Rowsome’s Czech-built BRM Aero Bristell NG5 two-seat aircraft on Thursday afternoon, and were reported as missing a little after midnight.

The wreckage was discovered by the Coastguard’s R116 rescue helicopter around 4am at a site about 8kms due south of the airfield after their last known position was communicated from Air Traffic Control to the gardaí to help narrow down the search area.

The wreckage of the aeroplane was later taken away to the Air Accident Investigation unit in Gormanstown, Co. Meath for forensic analysis.

A preliminary report could be available within a month, according to the chief inspector of the Air Accident Investigation Unit, Jurgen White but a full explanation into the crash is not expected for at least a year.

Mr Rowsome, originally from Stillorgan, was the European director of a 14-year old San Diego firm called SmartDrive, a firm that used video monitoring to analyse driver behaviour, and is survived by his wife Marie and daughter Nadia.

He is to be buried in Shanganagh Cemetery, Shankill this morning following the 10am funeral in St Lawrence O’Toole’s church in Stillorgan.

He had only recently bought the plane in which they were travelling with three other aviation enthusiasts.

The single engine, two-seater aircraft is known as an ultralight, weighs just 290kgs unladen, has a cruising speed of 214kph and costs in the region of €110,000.

James Price was a recently retired engineer with Aer Lingus, and was also a qualified flying instructor at Weston Airfield in the north of the county for several decades.

Mr Price is survived by his wife Denise, son Alan and daughters Joanne and Aoife. His funeral will take place this morning at 11.30am in St John the Evangelist Church, Ballinteer, followed by burial in Bohernabreena Cemetery.

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By finian coughlan
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