10 Feb '11, 11am

Plane crashes at Ireland's Cork airport

DUBLIN: A commuter plane crashed and burst into flames as it tried to land at Cork airport in southern Ireland on Thursday, killing six people and injuring another six, officials said. The accident happened as the turbo prop aircraft travelling from Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland made its third attempt to touch down. "I can confirm that we have six fatalities and six people are in hospital," Cork County Council spokesman Tom O'Sullivan told AFP. The plane operated by the Manx2 airline was carrying 10 passengers and two crew members when it crashed in conditions of poor visibility, the Irish Aviation Authority said. The pilots of the Metroliner SW4 aircraft had tried to land on two different runways without success and that it crashed next to a taxiway while making a third attempt, it said in a statement. "There is a fire and debris has been scattered onto the run...

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