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The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

Julien Behal

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

Niall Carson

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

Julien Behal

Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD at Cork University Hospital where he visited the six survivors

Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD at Cork University Hospital where he visited the six survivors

Julien Behal

Brian Cowen speaks to the media

Brian Cowen speaks to the media

Julien Behal

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

Niall Carson

Investigators at the scene at Cork Airport where six people died today and six others were injured after a plane crashed in fog. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 10, 2011. The turbo prop aircraft with 10 passengers and two crew was travelling from Belfast City Airport. See PA story IRISH Crash. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Investigators at the scene at Cork Airport where six people died today and six others were injured after a plane crashed in fog. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 10, 2011. The turbo prop aircraft with 10 passengers and two crew was travelling from Belfast City Airport. See PA story IRISH Crash. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Niall Carson

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

Niall Carson

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

Julien Behal

Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD at Cork University Hospital where he visited the six survivors

Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD at Cork University Hospital where he visited the six survivors

Julien Behal

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Scene of the crash this morning at Cork Airport in which six people are believed to have died

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk           10/2/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanStaff under pressure - Police arrive at Belfast City Airport today - Six people have been killed after a small plane travelling from Belfast crashed in fog at Cork Airport.Cork University Hospital is treating six other people who were injured.The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said the Manx2 commuter flight crashed on the runway as it made a third attempt to land in low visibility.The IAA said there were 10 passengers and two crew onboard the plane.The flight left George Best Belfast City Airport this morning.Rescue and Fire crews are at the scene of the crash.Cork University Hospital has activated its major accident plan.Manx Airlines has set up a special helpline on 028 90427004

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 10/2/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanStaff under pressure - Police arrive at Belfast City Airport today - Six people have been killed after a small plane travelling from Belfast crashed in fog at Cork Airport.Cork University Hospital is treating six other people who were injured.The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said the Manx2 commuter flight crashed on the runway as it made a third attempt to land in low visibility.The IAA said there were 10 passengers and two crew onboard the plane.The flight left George Best Belfast City Airport this morning.Rescue and Fire crews are at the scene of the crash.Cork University Hospital has activated its major accident plan.Manx Airlines has set up a special helpline on 028 90427004

Justin Kernoghan

Scene of  the crash at Cork Airport

Scene of the crash at Cork Airport

Scene of  the crash at Cork Airport

Scene of the crash at Cork Airport

Scene of  the crash at Cork Airport, picture taken on a mobile phone from the airport terminal

Scene of the crash at Cork Airport, picture taken on a mobile phone from the airport terminal

19-seat Fairchild Metroliner - used for Belfast to Cork flights

19-seat Fairchild Metroliner - used for Belfast to Cork flights

Scene of  the crash at Cork Airport, picture taken on a mobile phone from the airport terminal

Scene of the crash at Cork Airport, picture taken on a mobile phone from the airport terminal

Cabin of 19-seat Fairchild Metroliner - used for Belfast to Cork flights

Cabin of 19-seat Fairchild Metroliner - used for Belfast to Cork flights

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The scene at Cork Airport where six people died

The Belfast to Cork Manx2.com service will resume today, the chairman of the airline confirmed last night.

At Belfast City Airport Noel Hayes cut a sombre figure as he described yesterday as “the worst day of his aviation career and his life”.

Mr Hayes began by offering his condolences to the families of the bereaved, but vowed his airline would continue the Belfast to Cork route as usual today.

Visibly shaken he said: “I can honestly say this has been the worst day of my aviation career and the worst day of my life.

“It is a real tragedy and my heart really goes out to the families.

“I would like to thank the emergency services at Cork for their very speedy response today.

“The company is totally committed to finding out what the cause of the accident was today.”

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He added: “Safety is always our prime concern, safety is under constant review.”


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