Metroliner crashes in Ireland after attempts to land in fog

 - February 10, 2011, 6:45 AM

A Fairchild Metroliner crashed in fog at Cork Airport in Ireland today, killing six people and injuring six more. There were 10 passengers and two pilots on board the 19-seat twin turboprop when it made its third attempt to land, having previously made two go-arounds on a flight from Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland. The flight was operated by Isle of Man-based regional airline Manx2 using an aircraft leased from Spanish company Flightline BCN. It departed Belfast at 7:45 a.m. and had been due to land at 9 a.m. The crash, during which the aircraft reportedly inverted, happened just before 10 a.m. The Air Accident Investigation Unit of Ireland’s Department of Transport has begun an investigation.