Friday 23 February 2018

Dad prays daughter didn't suffer in crash

Edel O'Connell

THE father of an Irish doctor killed in the Air France disaster told yesterday how he prays his daughter didn't suffer during the doomed flight's three-and-a-half-minute plunge into the sea.

His comments came after more details of the worst crash in Air France's history emerged yesterday from data retrieved from the plane's black box.

The dead included three Irish doctors, Eithne Walls (28), from Ballygowan, Co Down; Jane Deasy (27), from Rathgar, Co Dublin; and Aisling Butler (26), from Roscrea, Co Tipperary; who lost their lives after the flight hit the Atlantic at a speed of 180 feet a second.

Of the three, only Dr Deasy's body has been recovered to date.

John Butler, Aisling's father, said he believed the crash was a result of human error and added that nothing would ever bring his "darling daughter" back.

"What we don't understand is why they flew into an area that is known for extremely strong turbulence when other aircrafts circumvented it.

"We know we might never get the answers we need and all we can hope is that our darling Aisling did not suffer," he added.

Mr Butler said he was anxiously awaiting news on the identification of 31 bodies that were recovered recently from the wreckage.

"We are hoping and praying that one of those will be identified as our Aisling so we can have some sort of peace," he said.

Irish Independent

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