AIR operator Manx2 has become embroiled in a legal dispute over an insurance payout for the Cork plane crash.
Mark Dickens from Watford survived the plane crash in which six people died on February 10.
His lawyers, Stewarts Law, have written to Manx2, seeking details of insurance provison and an advance payment for Mr Dickens of more than £15,000.
But Manx 2’s advocates Appleby insist Manx2 is not responsible for such claims as it acted as the ‘ticket provider or booking office’ and that according to the terms and conditions of Mr Dickens’ ticket purchase the carrier was Flightline BCN and his contract was with them.
It added that Mr Dickens’ claim should be directed to that company, which is based at Barcelona.
But Stewarts Law, which is seeking £15,497 to cover costs of transporting Mr Dickens by aircraft to the UK for medical care from Cork University Hospital, said it expected Manx2 to take responsibility.
The firm’s James Healy-Pratt said: ‘They promised support and when asked for support, they promptly backed away and said it wasn’t their problem.’
In a statement, Manx2 chairman Noel Hayes told the Examiner: ‘We are continuing to to do all we can for the families of those who lost their lives in Cork and for those others impacted by this tragic incident. We are doing everything we can to resolve any uncertainties or complications for the benefit of all those involved.
‘At this very difficult time, it is important that those affected should be aware that there is an international legal regime which determines the liability of air carriers in the event of death and injury in the case of accidents.
‘Manx 2 flights are operated by a number of air carriers, and the air carrier in respect of flights between Belfast to Cork at the time of the accident was Flightline BCN who were insured in respect of legal liability to passengers. All claims should therefore be referred to Flightline BCN.’
In the House of Keys today (Tuesday) Peter Karran MHK (Lib Vannin, Onchan) will ask Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK about the crash, and whether it is mandatory for all commercial passenger carrying aircraft operating into or out of Ronaldsway to be fitted with a functional instrument landing system.