BREAKING NEWS: Cork Airport: SIX DEAD & SIX INJURED AS MANX AIRCRAFT CRASHES IN POOR VISIBILITY: UPDATED

10 Feb

Six people have died and six are injured after a small commuter aircraft crashed at Cork Airport on its way from Belfast.

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A statement released by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said the Manx2 Avia Flight No FLT400C with 10 passengers and two crew had crashed on its third attempt at landing.

A Cork County Council spokesman confirmed there were six fatalities and that the other six people on board had been injured.

Four of the wounded are seriously injured and two are in a comfortable condition.

Ireland’s President Mary McAleese expressed her deep shock and sadness and said her thoughts and prayers were with the victims and their families.

The airport has been closed following the crash, which happened at around 10am.

The IAA statement said: “The aircraft made an approach to Runway 17 in low vis conditions and went around and did not land and attempted a second landing on Runway 35.

“The aircraft then went around a second time and came back for an approach to Runway 17.

“On the second approach to Runway 17 the aircraft crashed, rescue and fire crew are in attendance.

“There is a fire and debris has been scattered onto the runway and over a wide area.”

It added a investigation would be launched.

Manx2, which operates only as a booking service for flights, has been running the Belfast City to Cork route since October 2010.

:: A casualty information line has been set up at the airport on +353 (0) 21 4428 820

NEWS UPDATE:

BARRY ROCHE, Southern Correspondent  THE IRISH TIMES at Cork airport

Six people have died after a small aircraft carrying 12 people crashed on the runway of Cork airport in dense fog this morning.

The Manx2 airline flight from Belfast to Cork overturned and caught fire while making a third attempt to land at about 9.45am.

There was heavy fog in the area at the time and visibility was poor.

There were 10 passengers and two crew on board the twin turboprop plane at the time.

Six people died and six others were taken with serious injuries to Cork University Hospital, which has activated its major emergency plan. A spokesman for the hospital said the six injured people are all expected to survive.

The plane was making its third attempt to land in low visibility conditions when it crashed, flipped over and burst into flames on a grass verge.

The Irish Aviation Authority said debris was scattered onto the runway and over a wide area.

A spokesman for Dublin Airport Authority, which operates Cork airport, said it was closed following the crash.

IAA chief executive Eamonn Brennan said the plane left Belfast at 8.12am was due in Cork at 9.10am. He said there was fog in the Cork area at the time and visibility was poor. Winds were light. “It wouldn’t have been anything more than normal circumstances for Cork,” he told RTÉ Radio.

He said the Department of Transport’s Air Accident Investigation Unit would carry out a full investigation of the incident.

AAIU spokesman Jurgen Whyte said it will examine air traffic control tapes, radar information, weather reports and the condition and operation of the aircraft to establish the cause of the crash. He said the plane had crashed, inverted and caught fire about 1,000ft down the runway.He said a team of investigators had been dispatched by helicopter to Cork and a second team was on its way.

President Mary McAleese expressed her deep shock and sadness. “The President said her thoughts and prayers, and those of all the people of Ireland, are with the families of the deceased and the survivors at this very difficult time,” a spokeswoman.

Minister for Transport Pat Carey also expressed his sympathies to everyone who had been injured and the families of those who had died.

Gardaí have closed South Link route between the airport and the and motorists have been asked to avoid the area.

Bishop of Cork and Ross John Buckley arrived at the airport to offer support to relatives of the dead and injured. “All we can offer is our support, our help and our prayers at this time,” he said.

The plane was an 18-seater Fairchild Metroliner which was leased by Manx 2 with the flight number NN 71001.

Manx2.com was founded in the Isle of Man and carries 100,000 passengers a year. It announced last September that it was expanding its presence in Northern Ireland, choosing George Best Belfast City Airport as its first permanent base outside the Isle of Man and launching the twice-daily service from Belfast to Cork. The flight takes about 70 minutes.

A casualty information bureau has been set up at Cork airport with staff operating a helpline on 021 432 8820.

Manx2 airlines has set up a helpline for anyone concerned about friends or relatives. It can be contacted on 0044 2890 4270 04.

Aer Lingus cancelled four flights in and out of Cork after the accident while a number of others have been diverted to Shannon. Ryanair said a number of flights scheduled to arrive in and depart from Cork will now operate from Shannon. Intending passengers are advised to contact their airlines.

NEWS UPDATE:

Emergency services attend the scene after a small commuter aircraft carrying 12 people crashed Thursday Feb. 10, 2011, as it tried to land in heavy fo
 AP – Emergency services attend the scene after a small commuter aircraft carrying 12 people crashed Thursday …

 
By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press :

DUBLIN – A small commuter aircraft carrying 12 people crashed and caught fire Thursday while trying to land in heavy fog at Cork Airport in southwest Ireland, killing at least six people, authorities said.

Cork County Council, which oversees emergency services, said six people died and six others injured. The Irish Aviation Authority responsible for running the airport said the fog was so thick that air traffic controllers in a nearby tower could not see the crash, only hear it.

Council spokeswoman Kay Keegan said two passengers were cut from the wreckage, and all six survivors — among them passengers with severe burns — were taken to Cork University Hospital.

The Irish Aviation Authority said the aircraft, a turboprop leased to Isle of Man-based airline Manx2.com, aborted two attempts to land before crashing on the third attempt. It had been traveling from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Authority chief executive Eamonn Brennan said the pilots were trying to land using instruments. He said prevailing winds were weak and not a factor, while Cork frequently suffers from fog.

Brennan said the pilot first tried to land on the southern runway but pulled up, then immediately tried again on the northern runway but aborted that too. He said the pilot waited another 20 minutes, then tried the southern runway again — but landed short.

Brennan said the aircraft hit the very edge of the tarmac and either cartwheeled or flipped into a field beside the runway, catching fire in the process.

“The visibility was so bad that the tower was not in position to see the aircraft when it impacted,” he said.

Television footage of the crash scene showed that the aircraft’s wings were shorn off and the entire front half of the fuselage was crushed. The wreckage came to rest upside down with the landing gear extended and intact. The tail was protruding upward, with comparatively little external damage evident to the rear seating area of the aircraft.

Brennan said the aircraft was a Fairchild Metroliner, a 19-seat turboprop aircraft manufactured in San Antonio, Texas, in 1992. It was carrying 10 passengers and two crew members.

Cork Airport’s runway has been closed and all incoming flights are being diverted to Shannon, the larger airport in southwestern Ireland.

Irish airline Aer Lingus said it has diverted 16 flights to Shannon and canceled four others. Ryanair said it has diverted five flights to Shannon and canceled two others.

The Catholic bishop of Cork, John Buckley, comforted relatives of the dead and injured who had been in the terminal at the time of the crash. Buckley said he “offered them the prayers of all Irish people at this sad time.”

Manx2.com was founded in 2006 and operates flights linking Ireland, Britain and the Isle of Man. It opened the Belfast-Cork route six months ago.

Thursday’s crash was the deadliest in Irish aviation since 1968, when an Aer Lingus flight from Cork to London crashed into the Irish Sea, killing all 61 on board.

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Online:

Cork Airport, http://www.corkairport.com/tns/home.aspx

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