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Friday 24 March 2017

Survivors of Cork air disaster suing for up to €100m

Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

The survivors of a plane crash at Cork Airport that killed six people and injured six more are to take out a multi-million euro legal action against the Spanish operator of the flight.

The action, which it's claimed could lead to a €100m pay-out, is to be taken on behalf of the survivors of the crash and the families who lost loved ones in the aviation accident.

The commuter flight from Belfast had 10 passengers and two crew onboard when it crashed, overturned and caught fire while making a third attempt to land in heavy fog.

The survivors are now to mount the international legal case.

The action will be taken against the Isle of Man airline Manx2, the Spanish operator Flightline BCN, and the American manufacturers of the craft, Fairchild Swearingen, which is based in Texas.

A report into the disaster by the Air Accident Investigation Unit, which is to be released this week, is to form part of the legal challenge.

James Healy-Pratt, partner and head of the aviation department at Stewarts Law in London, told the Evening Echo newspaper that they have been working with the families of those who died and victims of the crash.

He also said he hoped the case could be finished in as little as two years.

He added that figures in excess of €75m have been paid out on previous occasions and that the sum involved this time could easily hit €100m.

Sunday Independent

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