Friday 15 December 2017

Air crash victims to sue flight firms

Fire officers examine the scene of the fatal crash at Cork Airport
in February 2011
Fire officers examine the scene of the fatal crash at Cork Airport in February 2011
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

SURVIVORS and bereaved relatives from an air crash that killed six people are to file multi-million euro lawsuits this autumn, the Irish Independent has learned.

The lawsuits are expected to be filed by October following the formal publication of the air accident report into the tragedy.

Six people died and six others survived when the Manx2 airline flight from Belfast crashed as it attempted to land at Cork Airport in thick fog in February last year. The lawsuits will not be against so-called 'cyber airline' Manx2.

Manx2 -- which is based in the Isle of Man -- does not own its own aircraft and does not directly employ its own aircrew. Instead, these are contracted in from other firms to operate scheduled services.

However, legal cases are being brought against Spanish firms Air Lada and Flightline BCN, from whom contracted the plane and aircrew. Flightline BCN operated the flight on the day, while the aircraft was owned by Air Lada.

Legal representatives of English woman Beth Webster, the partner of co-pilot Andrew Cantle (27), said they are suing both companies in the High Court. Her legal team is claiming the accident was preventable.

A number of families who lost loved ones in the crash -- and several of the passengers who survived -- are also to press ahead with legal action in Ireland.

Manx2 has declined to comment on the matter until the full Air Accident Investigation Unit report is released.

The aircraft -- a 19-year-old US-built Fairchild Metroliner -- crashed while making its third attempt to land in Cork.

An interim air accident report revealed the aircraft had a power "mismatch" between its two engines, which left one slightly more powerful than the other.

Irish Independent

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