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Investigation into Cork crash continues

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Investigation into Cork crash continues

As the investigation into exactly what happened at Cork Airport yesterday morning continues, the names of the six people who died in the airplane crash have been released.

The airplane’s two pilots both died in the accident. The pilot has been named as Spanish national Jordi Lopez and his co-pilot Andrew Cantle is understood to be from York, England.

A cousin of President Mary McAleese’s husband Martin was also among the victims of the crash. Brendan McAleese was one of four passengers to lose their lives as a result of the tragedy.

Two Northern Irish businessmen were killed. Pat Cullinan was a partner in accountancy firm KPMG and worked in Belfast, while Captain Michael Evans was the deputy harbour master in the same city.

Englishman Richard Noble was also named among the dead.

Six other passengers survived the crash, two of whom only suffered minor injuries and were able to walk away from the crash.

The remaining four are being treated at Cork University Hospital. It is understood their injuries are serious but not life-threatening.

A book of condolence will be opened at Cork City Hall today for the victims of the crash.

Investigation

Teams of investigators have travelled to Cork to examine the crash site. Irish, British and Spanish authorities will be involved in the investigation.

An initial, but not conclusive draft report, is expected from the Air Accident Investigation Unit at the Department of Transport within a month. A full report may take up to two years to complete.

Recovering the voice and data recorders was the focus of the two teams and late last night the aircraft's black box was located and removed from the scene. These should detail if there were any mechanical problems with the aircraft, as well as describe visibility and conditions at the time of the crash.

The fog at the airport yesterday morning was extremely dense, according to eye witnesses, which would have affected visibility.

The investigators will also consider the possibilities of pilot error and the adequacy of air traffic control advice. The plane attempted to land twice before the fatal accident.

The airplane was a Fairchild Metroliner and was 19 years old. However, experts say such a plane could have flown safely for another 30 years if maintained correctly.

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