A small plane traveling from Belfast has crashed in thick fog at Cork airport killing six and injuring another six. The Manx2 was attempting its third landing and crashed on the runway with 10 passengers and two crew onboard before 10am this morning. The plane overturned and burst into flames. The injured are being treated at Cork University hospital where it is said that two are in a comfortable condition but the remaining four are seriously injured.
Eight emergency fire crews rushed to the scene of the accident.
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Reports from people living nearby said they heard the plane flying overhead and it sounded “like it was in trouble”
In a statement, Manx2 said: “The aircraft left Belfast City Airport at 07:50 GMT this morning and was due to land in Cork at 09:00am.
“Due to weather conditions at Cork Airport the aircraft tried to land twice, and the incident took place on its third approach.
“We are working with all relevant authorities to establish what happened.
“We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives in this tragic accident.”
Manx2 has set up a special helpline on 028 90427004.