The family of the Bangor man who survived the Cork runway disaster have said “it’s a miracle” he survived.
While details continue to emerge about how the Manx2 plane crash-landed at Cork Airport killing six people last Thursday — family and friends of Brendan Mallon (pictured), who was injured in the crash, are “praying for his speedy recovery”.
His wife Heather said: “I cannot thank God enough that Brendan is alive. It's a miracle that he has survived and I would like to thank everyone involved, in particular the emergency services and the staff in hospital who have been absolutely fantastic. I will be forever in their debt.
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who lost their loved ones. I thought I had lost Brendan too so I understand the pain that they are feeling.
“I'm just so thankful now that Brendan has survived. He is my life and he means everything to me, along with our two children.”
The married father-of-two will undergo surgery at Cork University Hospital before being transferred to Belfast.
DUP MLA Peter Weir for North Down said: “All of us were deeply shocked and saddened at the air crash in Cork, costing the lives of six people and injuring the other six on the plane. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those bereaved, as well as those who survived.
“This terrible tragedy shows how fragile and unpredictable life is and the need for all of us to be prepared for our own mortality.
“The shock of the incident was brought home to many of us locally when we heard that one of those on the plane lives and works in Bangor.
“I am sure that all of us will be hoping and praying for a swift and full recovery for Brendon Mallon.
“At this time of great stress and worry for his family, it is also vital that we give them all the help and support that they need.”
Mr Mallon, a commercial trade manager for Falcon Holidays, was travelling to Cork to take part in a conference,
A spokesperson for Falcon Holidays said: “Our thoughts at this time are with all of those involved in or affected by this terrible tragedy.
“We are offering support and assistance to our colleague and his family throughout this difficult time.”
Meanwhile, the funeral of one of the crash victims, Captain Michael Evans (the deputy harbour master at Belfast Port), takes place tomorrow at Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian Church, Belfast.
Harbour master Kevin Allen said: “Michael was tremendous fun and unique to work with, and was well-known and respected throughout the shipping industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Andrea and family.”