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Names of six victims are released

Names of six victims are released

The names have been released of the six people who died in the plane crash at Cork airport.

The aircraft had left George Best Belfast City Airport just after 8a.m. on Thursday (February 10) and crashed shortly before 10 o’clock in fog.

There were ten passengers and two crew on board the Metroliner SW4 being operated by Manx2.

Three of the six victims lived in Northern Ireland.

They have been named as Pat Cullinan, a leading accountant; Brendan McAleese, a businessman and cousin of President Mary McAleese’s husband; and deputy Belfast harbour master Michael Evans.

The other victims were pilot Jordi Gola Lopez, who was from Spain, co-pilot Andrew Cantle from York, and a man believed to have been from England.

Two of the six survivors were able to walk away from the crash scene. Four others remain in hospital. 

The Irish Aviation Authority said the plane had made two attempts to land before the crash happened.

An investigation is being carried out by experts from the Air Accident Unit of the Irish Department of Transport.


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