Six killed as plane crash lands

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Six people have died and six others were injured after a plane crashed in fog at Cork Airport

Six people have died and six others were injured after a plane crashed in fog at Cork Airport in the Republic of Ireland.

The turbo prop aircraft with 10 passengers and two crew was travelling from George Best Belfast City Airport.

It crash landed on a runway at Cork on the third attempt to land at 9.51am.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said the plane, a 19-seat Fairchild Metroliner,. was a Manx 2 service.

It is understood debris from the wreckage was scattered over a wide area.

A spokesman said Cork Airport has been shut. “There has been a crash, a Manx 2 airline, commuter plane. The emergency services are on the scene,” he said.

A spokesman for George Best Belfast City Airport said: “We can confirm that the Manx 2 aircraft was scheduled to leave Belfast City Airport en route to Cork, flight number NM 7100. It left here at 0812 this morning with 10 passengers and two crew on board. We understand there has been an incident at Cork airport involving this aircraft.”

Fire crews and police from across the city and county were drafted in to support the rescue efforts. The main road leading to the airport was closed to give emergency services quick access.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness spoke of their shock over the crash. Mr Robinson said: “This is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts are with the families of the bereaved. My thoughts are also with the injured and I hope that they will make a full and speedy recovery.”

The deputy First Minister said: “I am shocked at this news and want to convey my condolences to the families, friends and loved ones of those who have lost their lives in the plane crash. My thoughts are also with those who have been injured.”

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