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Cork air disaster: Survivor’s anguish for crash victims’ families

A survivor of the Cork air disaster which claimed the lives of six people has spoken for the first time about the ordeal.

Brendan Mallon was seriously injured after the 19-seater Fairchild Metroliner, leased by ‘virtual airline’ Manx2, crashed following its third landing attempt in dense fog on February 10.

Six people, including four from Northern Ireland, died in the tragedy. Remarkably, six other passengers, including Mr Mallon, survived.

The 36-year-old commercial trade manager for Falcon Holidays was travelling to Cork on business when the plane suffered the accident.

It is believed he had been sitting at the back of the aircraft along with the five other survivors.

Mr Mallon sustained multiple injuries as a result of the crash and had to undergo surgery.

Speaking for the first time, the father-of-two from Bangor, who has spent the past week recovering in intensive care, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

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He also paid warm tribute to those who helped to save his life.

“Words can’t describe what we’ve been through in the past week,” he said from his hospital bed. “I am just so thankful to be alive and to have my wife and children here by my side.

“I am heartbroken for those who lost their lives and for their loved-ones and would like to pass on my deepest sympathy and condolences to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy. I will be |eternally grateful that I am one of the lucky ones.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers and support during this difficult time for me and my family.”

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