A MANX2.COM plane has crashed leaving fire and debris scattered across a runway at Cork Airport.
Tom O’Sullivan, from Cork Country Council, confirmed ’Six fatalities were removed from the scene and six casualties were taken to Cork University Hospital’.
The plane, carrying 10 passengers and two crew, was attempting a third landing in heavy fog, having come from Belfast, when the accident happened shortly before 10am.
There were reports of people walking away from the wreckage.
Cork Airport, owned by the Dublin Aviation Authority, closed immediately and its emergency plan was activated.
An IAA statement said: ‘Flight Avia No FLT400C a metroliner SW4 with 10 passengers and two crew has crashed at Cork Airport.
‘The aircraft made an approach to Runway 17 in low vis conditions (Category 2) 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 adjacent to Taxiway C. Rescue and Fire crew are in attendance. There is a fire and debris has been scattered onto the runway and over a wide area. The accident will be investigated by the Air Accident Unit of the Department of Transport.’
Manx2.com has issued a statement about the tragic fatal air incident which happened today (Thursday 10th February.)
‘The aircraft was carrying ten passengers and two crew members - a captain and a co-pilot. The aircraft involved was a Metro Liner leased from Flightline BCN in Spain.
The aircraft left Belfast City Airport at 07:50am this morning and was due to land in Cork at 09:00am.
Due to weather conditions at Cork Airport the aircraft tried to land twice, and the incident took place on its third approach.
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.
Additional updates will follow from manx2.com as emergency services tend to the scene.’
Manx2.com has been operating for the past five years, with its headquarters in Douglas. It currently leases eight aircraft for scheduled flights in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and carries in excess of 100,000 passengers per year.