Six Killed In Cork Commuter Aircraft Crash

Authorities Investigating Cause Of Incident

11.02.2011

Six people have been killed and six others left injured following a Fairchild Metroliner aircraft crash at Cork Airport in southern Ireland yesterday (February 10th), it has been reported.

A spokesman from Cork County Council has confirmed the numbers following the incident involving a twin engine turbo prop aircraft which was operated by Manx2 and carrying 10 passengers and two crewmembers.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has stated that the aircraft came down while trying to land on its third attempt. Fire and debris was scattered across a runway and surrounding area following the incident.

Reports have also suggested that there was poor visibility at the airport due to foggy conditions.

Jim Morris, a former RAF pilot and aviation law specialist at Irwin Mitchell’s London office, said: “We are very concerned about news of the crash and hope that both the IAA and other organisations involved in the accident investigation will be able be able to provide answers to the victims and the families of those tragically killed in the near future.

“The reports of this terrible incident have highlighted a number of issues which accident authorities will no doubt be taken into consideration as they look into the potential cause, including the reported visibility problems.

“The Fairchild Metroliner is a relatively old commuter aircraft, so it is vital that any possible lessons that can be learnt from information gathered regarding the case can be used to improve the passenger safety of regional airlines that operate these aircraft.”

“Our thoughts go out to both the victims and their loved ones.”