Belfast Telegraph

No faults found in Cork crash plane

No mechanical faults have yet been identified in a plane that crashed killing six people and injuring six more.

Air accident investigators are still trying to establish why the Manx2.com flight from Belfast crashed at Cork Airport when it attempted to land in thick fog on February 10.

In a preliminary report, investigator Leo Murray said he has not yet identified any failures in the airframe, systems or power plants during the flight or at the airfield.

"The factors which resulted in the loss of control are being examined," he said.

The experience of Spanish pilot Jordi Gola Lopez, 31, and his English co-pilot Andrew Cantle, 27, from Sunderland, are forming part of the investigation.

Ireland's Air Accident Investigation Unit revealed the pilots had tried to abort their third and fatal landing attempt.

A warning had sounded during the last seven seconds of the cockpit voice recorder, which is believed to be the stall warning horn.

The log book showed Mr Cantle was listed at the Pilot Flying (PF), with Mr Lopaz as the Pilot Non Flying (PNF).

Four seconds before the plane crashed the PNF was also heard calling "go round" which was acknowledged by the PF. The aircraft hit the runway with a roll angle of 97 degrees to the right, flipped over and landed on grass where it caught fire.

Victims of the crash included Brendan McAleese, 39, a businessman in Co Tyrone; Pat Cullinan, 45, a partner in leading accountancy firm KPMG in Belfast; Captain Michael Evans, 51, deputy harbour master in Belfast; and Richard Noble, a 49-year-old businessman who was originally from Yorkshire but lived in Northern Ireland.

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