Irish Air Accident Unit investigators are looking into the causes of this morning’s deadly Manx2 crash at Cork airport which left six dead and six injured. The aircraft, a Fairchild Metroliner operated by Flightline BCN of Spain, crashed in low visibility while making its third attempt at landing.
The 1992-built Metroliner was operating Flt 400C from Belfast and had two crew and 10 passengers on board. The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) says the Manx2 flight first carried out an instrument landing system approach to runway 17 at Cork, but the crew made the decision to go around and attempt an approach to runway 35. This was also abandoned and, after holding for around 20 min, the crew elected to make a second ILS approach to runway 17 which is when the crash occurred.
The crashed aircraft, EC-ITP, pictured in happier times at Ronaldsway, Isle of Man. (Guy Norris)
An IAA statement says: ‘Flight Avia No FLT400C a Metroliner SW4 with 10 passengers and two crew has crashed at Cork Airport. ‘The aircraft made an approach to Runway 17 in low vis conditions (Category 2) and went around and did not land and attempted a second landing on Runway 35. The aircraft then went around a second time and came back for an approach to Runway 17. On the second approach to Runway 17 the aircraft crashed adjacent to Taxiway C. Rescue and Fire crew are in attendance. There is a fire and debris has been scattered onto the runway and over a wide area. The accident will be investigated by the Air Accident Unit of the Department of Transport.’
According to Isle of Man news site, iomtoday.co.uk, Manx2.com has been operating for the past five years, with its headquarters in Douglas. It currently leases eight aircraft for scheduled flights in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and carries in excess of 100,000 passengers per year.