Fog blamed for deadly plane crash

Six people were killed and six
others injured when a passenger plane crashed and burst into flames in fog at
Cork Airport.

The Manx 2 turbo prop aircraft with
10 passengers and two crew was travelling to the Republic of Ireland
from Belfast City Airport.

It crash-landed in low visibility on
the runway at Cork on the third attempt to land.

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.

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.

Northern Ireland First Minister
Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness spoke of their shock
over the crash.

Mr Robinson said: “This is a
terrible tragedy and my thoughts are with the families of the bereaved.

“My thoughts are also with the
injured and I hope that they will make a full and speedy recovery.”

The deputy First Minister said:
“I am shocked at this news and want to convey my condolences to the
families, friends and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in the
plane crash.

“My thoughts are also with
those who have been injured.”

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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