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Cork air crash actions to begin after inquests

Ralph Riegel

Published 26/05/2014 | 02:30

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Six people died and six others were injured when the Manx2 plane crashed in fog at Cork Airport. PA
Six people died and six others were injured when the Manx2 plane crashed in fog at Cork Airport. PA

Civil actions over the Cork air tragedy in which six people died and six were injured are to be fast-tracked once coroner inquests are concluded in two weeks' time.

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Inquests into the six deaths are scheduled to be staged in Cork on June 10/11, over three years after Ireland's worst aviation tragedy of modern times.

The inquest evidence and verdicts, combined with the hard-hitting Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) report published last January, will now be central to the civil claims arising from the Manx2.com tragedy.

However, the lawsuits will not be against Manx2.com, which is now in liquidation. It did not own its own aircraft and did not directly employ its own aircrew.

The legal cases are being brought against Spanish firms Air Lada and Flightline BCN from whom Manx2.com contracted the plane and aircrew.

Irish Independent

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