Carrigallen woman
survives plane crash

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Twenty six year old Collette Kenny from Carrigallen has miraculously survived a plane crash in which the pilot was killed in Southern California on Sunday last, June 28.

Twenty six year old Collette Kenny from Carrigallen has miraculously survived a plane crash in which the pilot was killed in Southern California on Sunday last, June 28.

Collette was thrown from a light aircraft after it struck a mobile phone tower designed to look like a tree in the scenic Lake Mathews area between Laguna Beach and Riverside in Southern California.

Collette who is recovering from a number of broken bones and other injuries, is a daughter of Mary and the late Michael Kenny from Aughawillen, Carrigallen.

Collette was on holidays with her cousin Catherine Smith from Ballinamore, they flew out last Wednesday and had been visiting relatives in California when the accident happened.

The pair left for a “holiday of a lifetime” last Wednesday, they spent a few days in Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon before moving on to visit their aunt in Laguna Beach.

According to Catherine’s parents Cyril and Veronica Smith, the pair were brought out sightseeing by a good friend of the family in a light aircraft.

The experienced pilot had a two seater air craft. Catherine Smith was the first one to fly in the plane, the experience lasted about 20 minutes and then Collette went for the flight.

“Something went wrong, but we don’t know what yet,” Cyril Smith told the paper.

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