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Lawyers critical of Cork crash plane firm

The airline at the centre of the Cork Airport tragedy in which six people perished has been criticised by lawyers acting for one of the passengers.

The specialist aviation law firm, now acting for one of the six survivors, described the position of Manx2.com as far as liability was concerned as “unacceptable”.

Stewarts Law, the London-based firm, said it had been contacted by solicitors for Manx2.com and that the carrier appeared to be denying responsibility for the crash. The 19-year-old Fairchild Metroliner, leased by Manx2 from a Spanish carrier, crashed as it was making its third landing |attempt in dense fog last Thursday.

Six people, including four from Northern Ireland, were killed while six passengers were injured.

Manx2.com is a so-called ‘cyber' airline — it does not own its own aircraft and does not provide its own flight crew.

Manx2.com chairman Noel Hayes said: “In the interest of legal clarity around the issue of liability and insurance at this stage, I can reassure those concerned that the Belfast/Cork service was operated by Flightline BCN, and Manx2.com charters all aircraft from only European AOC (Air Operators Certificate) holders under an Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance & Insurance (ACMI) contract.”

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