Cork Airport: Nationalities Of Plane Crash Victims Released: UPDATED

10 Feb

Six people who died after a small commuter plane crashed at Cork Airport on its way from Belfast have been identified as two Irish citizens, three Britons and a Spaniard.

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Of the six survivors, two are British citizens, two are from Northern Ireland and the others are from Waterford and Cork in the Irish Republic.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said the Manx2 Avia flight with 10 passengers and two crew had crashed on its third attempt at landing in heavy fog.

The plane apparently struck the runway before flipping over and coming to a stop 1,000ft away. The front was engulfed in flames.

The dead are understood to include Pat Cullinan, a partner in the accountancy firm KPMG and originally from Omagh, Co Tyrone.

Terence O’Rourke, KPMG’s managing partner, paid tribute to his colleague: “Pat Cullinan was an extremely talented professional and a real gentleman.”

It is understood another of the men who died was a businessman from Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

He was named locally as Brendan McAleese, owner of Central Laundries.

One of the survivors has been named as Donal Walsh, a volunteer for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Ireland.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “I can confirm that one of our Relay (intern) workers, Donal Walsh, was a passenger on the aeroplane that crashed on landing at Cork Airport this morning.

“He miraculously walked away from this tragic accident, escaping with minor injuries.”

Four of the wounded are seriously injured and two are said to be in comfortable condition.

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

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness had been due to be on the ill-fated flight until his plans changed.

He said: “The loss of lives is awful and our hearts go out to the families of all those who have been bereaved and indeed the families of those people who have been injured.”

The IAA statement said: “The aircraft made an approach to Runway 17 in low-visibility 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.”

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

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said: “I also want to send my best wishes and those of the Government to all of those who survived the crash and are being treated in hospital at present.”

Manx2, which operates only as a booking service for flights, has been running the Belfast City to Cork route since October 2010. The airline, which was founded in the Isle of Man, carries more than 100,000 passengers each year.

The company said: “We are working with all relevant authorities to establish what happened. We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident.”

:: An emergency hotline has been set up at the airport on 00 353 (0) 21 4328 820.

NEWS UPDATE:

Two of the six people killed in this morning’s plane crash in Cork have been named.  

One of those killed was Pat Cullinan, a partner in the Belfast office of the accountancy firm KPMG.

Mr Cullinan was from Omagh, Co Tyrone. He joined KPMG in 1989 and qualified in 1993. He worked in London for several years before joining the Dublin office in 2002. He then moved back to Belfast where he was appointed partner in 2005.

The firm’s managing partner, Terence O’Rourke, said Mr Cullinan’s death had come as a shock to everyone who knew him.

“Pat was an extremely talented professional and a real gentleman. He was highly regarded by all of his colleagues and clients, and his tragic and untimely death has come as a shock to everyone in the firm, especially to those in our Belfast office and to all who knew Pat as an exceptional friend and colleague,” he said.

Another victim was named locally as Brendan McAleese, a businessman from Cookstown, Co Tyrone, and a first cousin of Martin McAleese, the husband of the President Mary McAleese.

One of the survivors has been named as Donal Walsh, a volunteer for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Ireland. He had been returning from Christian events in Belfast.

Director of the organisation Adam Jones said he received a reassuring text message from Mr Walsh shortly after the incident. “I am fine with very minor injuries all things considered. Thank God,” it said.

In a statement this evening, gardaí said those killed in the crash were three men from the North, two men resident elsewhere in the United Kingdom, and a male Spanish national. The formal confirmation of all the victims’ identities is unlikely before tomorrow.

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