Cork crash tragedy: 'Four walking wounded climbed from burning wreckage'
Published 10/02/2011 | 12:25
It is understood the plane which crashed at Cork airport today ended up on its roof after crashing.
An airport worker said a colleague, who had been dispatched to the edge of the runway to meet and greet passengers off the plane, reported that four walking wounded climbed out of the wreckage.
It had been on fire at the time.
The Republic of Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) said eight of its ambulance crews, along with a number of rapid response paramedic teams and senior ambulance officers, attended the airport.
The accident will be investigated by the air accident unit of the Department of Transport.
Stormont Transport Minister Conor Murphy said he was in contact with his counterpart in the Republic in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Mr Murphy said: "My thoughts are with the families of those involved and I offer my sympathies to everyone affected.
"I have spoken to the Minister for Transport in the south, Pat Carey TD, and offered the support of my department to help in whatever way we can.
"I continue to be updated on the situation as more details emerge."
The turbo prop aircraft travelling from George Best Belfast City Airport crash landed on a runway on the third attempt to land.
A Cork County council statement said six people had died and six were injured.
Unconfirmed reports on RTE had earlier claimed that eight people died in the accident.
The Manx2 commuter flight was en route from Belfast when it crashed in heavy fog just before 10am on runway 17.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said the aircraft made two attempts to land before crashing.
"It had been trying to land in foggy conditions. This was its third attempt to land," an IAA spokeswoman said.
An IAA statement said: "The aircraft made an approach to Runway 17 in low vis conditions and went around and did not land and attempted a second landing on Runway 35.
"The aircraft then went around a second time and came back for an approach to Runway 17.
"On the second approach to Runway 17 the aircraft crashed, Rescue and Fire crew are in attendance.
"There is a fire and debris has been scattered onto the runway and over a wide area."
Witnesses report hearing a loud bang. The aircraft is said to have burst into flames.
Debris has been scattered onto the runway and over a wide area.
Gardaí, fire crews and ambulances from across the city and county are responding.
Gardai are appealing to people to stay away from the airport and for motorists to avoid the area.
A Cork Airport spokesman said: "There has been a crash, a Manx 2 airline, commuter plane. The emergency services are on the scene."
The plane was operating a service from George Best Belfast City Airport to Cork.
A spokesman for George Best Belfast City Airport said: "We can confirm that the Manx 2 aircraft was scheduled to leave Belfast City Airport en route to Cork, flight number NM 7100.
"It left at 0812 this morning with 10 passengers and two crew on board. We understand there has been an incident at Cork airport involving this aircraft."
Manx2.com has set up a special helpline on 028 90427004.