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I’m lucky to be alive, says Cork plane crash man

A survivor of the horror Cork plane crash has told how he feels he is one of the luckiest men alive.

Brendan Mallon was one of six survivors of the February tragedy in which six people, including both pilots, lost their lives.

The father-of-two recalled his last memories of being on board the doomed Manx 2 flight NM7100 on February 10.

Speaking for the first time about the disaster, Brendan revealed that doctors told him just two millimetres separated him from death or paralysis.

Brendan’s wife Heather (36) told how she spent an agonising 45 minutes after news of the crash broke waiting to hear if her husband had survived.

Among those killed were four businessmen from Northern Ireland: Brendan McAleese, Pat Cullinan, Michael Evans and Richard Noble. Spanish pilot Jordi Gola Lopez and English co-pilot Andrew Cantle also died in the crash which happened in heavy fog.

Brendan spent three weeks in hospital and underwent two operations, one on his hip and one on his neck. Now the 36-year-old Bangor man is planning a return to work as a commercial trade manager with Falcon Holidays.

“Whatever I’ve been through, I’m a damn sight luckier than six other people,’’ he said.

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