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Monday 29 May 2017

Miracle air crash survivors are all set to return home

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

THE four survivors of the Cork air disaster still in hospital are set to be discharged by early March.

They remain in Cork University Hospital (CUH) after the February 10 tragedy at Cork Airport in which six people died.

The 19-year-old US-built Fairchild Metroliner operating Manx2.com's Belfast-Cork service crashed as it attempted its third landing in dense fog. The right wing-tip of the plane clipped the concrete runway -- with the plane flipping over on to its back and skidding down the runway for 190 metres before stopping and erupting into flames.

The six people who died were Brendan McAleese, Pat Cullinan, Michael Evans, Richard Noble, pilot Jordi Sola Lopez and co-pilot Andrew Cantle. Five funerals have now taken place, with Mr Cantle's burial expected to take place next week.

Six other passengers were injured, four of whom -- Heather Elliot, Mark Dickens, Peter Cowley and Brendan Mallon -- remain in hospital with multiple fractures.

The other survivors -- Laurence Wilson and Donal Walsh -- were discharged from CUH within 24 hours.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit is conducting an exhaustive probe into what caused the tragedy and expects to have an interim report ready by late March.

Its detailed full report won't be ready until next year.

A firm of UK solicitors acting for Mr Dickens has claimed that Manx2.com is attempting to shift legal responsibility for the tragedy on to the aircraft's owners, Spain-based Flightline BCN.

Sunday Independent

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