Cork plane deaths 'accidental'

Cork plane deaths 'accidental'

A jury has returned verdicts of accidental death in the inquest of six people killed in a plane crash at Cork Airport over three years ago.

The 18-seater Manx2 aircraft was on its way from Belfast to Cork when it crashed in dense fog conditions on 10 February 2011.The plane was making its third approach to the airport when it hit the runway before flipping and landing on its roof.Six people including the plane's two pilots, were killed.Four of those that died were from Northern Ireland.They were Brendan McAleese, Pat Cullinan, Michael Evans and Richard Noble.Coroner Frank O`Connell told the jury at the inquest that fog was a "significant factor" in the fatal collision and the pilots "were doing their best to land the plane safely".Lawrence Wilson from Larne, Co Antrim was travelling to cork for a training course.Following the coroner's ruling, he said: "Hearing the details of the crash and how everyone died makes you realise how lucky you were to have survived."A solicitor for the families of those who died called for the 11 recommendations made by the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) following the crash to be implemented.Earlier this year the AAIU found that the tiredness and fatigue of the flight crew members played a significant role as well as the poor weather conditions.The AAIU described its investigation of the incident as one of the most challenging in its 20 year history.Its recommendations included flight time limitations, the role of the ticket seller and improvement in safety oversight.As well as training, staff appointment and civil aviation oversight recommendations, the report also advised implementing guidelines in regard to the number of landing approaches a plane can make in certain weather conditions.


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