Metroliner Crashes after Three Attempts to Land at Cork Airport, Ireland
- The National Transportation Safety Board is sending three investigators to assist the Government of Ireland as it investigates the crash of an airliner this morning.
At about 9:45 a.m. local time today, a Swearingen SA-227 Metroliner (Spanish registration EC-ITP), operated by Flightline/Manx2 Air as flight 7100 from Belfast, Northern Ireland, crashed after attempting a landing at Cork Airport, Cork, Ireland. The flight was scheduled to depart from Belfast at 7.50am, according to Manx2.com.
Ten passengers and two crew - a captain and a co-pilot - were onboard the 19-seater Metroliner aircraft, and there are reports of both fatalities and survivors.
The flight left Belfast at 8.12am, according to the Irish Aviation Authority, and was due to land in Cork at 9.10am.
Weather conditions at Cork Airport were described as low visibility - due to heavy fog. The plane first attempted to land from a southerly direction on Runway 17. This was aborted due to low visibility. The plane then tried to land on the northerly approach to the Runway 35.
The plane went into a holding pattern for 20 minutes, before making a third attempt to land on the southerly approach to the main runway.
NTSB senior air safety investigator Dan Bower has been designated the U.S. Accredited Representative and is being assisted by an NTSB systems investigator and an NTSB operations investigator. A Federal Aviation Administration investigator is also joining the team.