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Saturday 23 September 2017

Six confirmed dead in plane crash at Cork Airport

The scene at Cork Airport as emergency workers workers tend the wreckage of the Manx 2 flight
The remains of the Manx 2 passenger plane at Cork Airport. Photo: PA
Photo: PA

Six people died today and six others were injured after a plane crashed in fog at Cork Airport.

The turbo prop aircraft with 10 passengers and two crew was travelling from Belfast City Airport.

It crash-landed on a runway at Cork on the third attempt to land.

Footage and pictures from the scene show the plane on its roof on grass at the side of the runway.

A Cork County Council spokesman said six people had been confirmed dead and six more had been taken to Cork University Hospital.

"The emergency plan has been stood down and the situation is being brought under control," the spokesman said.

An airport worker said a colleague, who had been dispatched to the edge of the runway to meet and greet passengers off the plane, reported that four walking wounded climbed out of the wreckage.

It had been on fire at the time.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said the crash happened at 9.51am.

"It had been trying to land in foggy conditions. This was its third attempt to land," an IAA spokeswoman said.

It is understood debris from the wreckage was scattered over a wide area across the taxiway to the runway.

The IAA said the plane was a Manx 2 service.

A spokesman said Cork Airport has been shut. "There has been a crash, a Manx 2 airline commuter plane. The emergency services are on the scene," he said.

A spokesman for George Best Belfast City Airport said: "We can confirm that the Manx 2 aircraft was scheduled to leave Belfast City Airport en route to Cork, flight number NM 7100. It left here at 0812 this morning with 10 passengers and two crew on board. We understand there has been an incident at Cork Airport involving this aircraft."

Fire crews and police from across the county were drafted in to support the rescue efforts. The main road to the airport was closed to give emergency services quick access.

Manx2.com has set up a helpline in Belfast for people concerned about loved ones on the flight - 02890 427004.

A casualty information bureau has been set up at Cork Airport with staff operating a helpline on +353 (0) 21 4428 820.

Aer Lingus cancelled four flights in and out of Cork after the accident while a number of others have been diverted to Shannon.

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