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Civil claims to be fast-tracked after Cork air tragedy probe is released

Civil claims over a plane crash in which three men from Northern Ireland died will be fast-tracked once a key report into the cause of the tragedy is released.

Six people died after Manx2.com's flight from Belfast crashed in fog at Cork Airport.

The dead included 51-year-old Belfast deputy harbour master Captain Michael Evans, Co Antrim businessman Brendan McAleese, from Tannaghmore in Antrim, and Co Tyrone man Pat Cullinan, who lived in Omagh, and was a highly respected partner in the financial consultancy firm KPMG.

It is understood that, to date, no problem has been discovered with the plane, a 19-year old US-built Fairchild Metroliner. However, there is now mounting concern among the families of victims of the Cork Airport crash that the claims could involve litigation in three jurisdictions - Ireland, the UK and Spain.

The air accident investigation unit of the Republic's Department of Transport is continuing an exhaustive investigation into last February's tragedy.

The final report is expected to be ready by March and all civil claims by those who were injured and the families of the deceased have been put on hold until then.

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