Belfast flight crashes at Cork, killing six

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Investigations have begun into an air crash that killed six people and injured six others at Cork airport in southern Ireland yesterday morning.

A commuter flight from Belfast flipped over on to its back during the pilot's third attempt to land in thick fog, flattening part of the aircraft and strewing wreckage over a wide area. A fire in an engine was extinguished before it could reach the cabin.

One of the dead was named locally as Brendan McAleese, a businessman from Co Tyrone, who is a cousin of Dr Martin McAleese, the husband of the Irish President Mary McAleese. Another was Pat Cullinan, a partner in the accountancy company KPMG. Of the six people who died, three were British passport holders, two were Irish citizens and one was a Spaniard.

Staff at Cork University Hospital said four survivors had injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.

The flight was carrying 10 passengers and two crew on a scheduled flight. The twin-engined aircraft, an 18-seater Fairchild Metroliner, was leased by Manx2, which is based in the Isle of Man.

Comments