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Saturday 21 October 2017

Fatal airport crash report to spark damages claims

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

THE report into the Manx2.com tragedy at Cork Airport in which six people died will not be ready before the new year at the earliest.

The Irish Independent has also learned that publication of the report will trigger the largest series of damages claims in modern Irish aviation history.

Compensation claims -- by several of those injured in the Manx2.com crash and a number of the bereaved families -- will be dealt with in the Republic, not Northern Ireland or Spain as initially thought.

In another twist, the legal actions are set to be taken against the aircraft's owners and leasing agents -- and not Manx2.com, the so-called 'cyber' airline that scheduled the flight from Belfast to Cork on February 10, 2011.

Six people died in the accident and six survived.

The dead included Brendan McAleese, a cousin of former President Mary McAleese's husband Martin; Pat Cullinan, a partner in the Belfast office of accountancy firm KPMG, who was from Omagh, Co Tyrone; Michael Evans, deputy harbour commissioner in Belfast; Jordi Sola Lopez, from Spain, who was the pilot; Andrew Cantle, from England, who was the co-pilot; and businessman Richard Noble, from Belfast.

An investigation has been under way for 19 months, but is still not finished.

Irish Independent

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