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Now we don’t know if this was the first time the pilot came into Cork but it would be interesting if it was.’The airline is the brainchild of chairman and main shareholder Noel Hayes, who started the company five years ago.
The Channel Islander has long experience of operating regional airlines for island-based communities.
The last fatal incident involving a Metro was in April 2008 when an SA 227AC Metro III, operated by Avtex Air Services, crashed near Bundeena in Australia killing one of the two crew members on board.
The worst accident involving a SA 227AC Metro III occurred in Germany in 1988 when a flight from Hanover to Dusseldorf suffered a lightning strike, causing the aircraft’s electrical system to fail.
As the plane was then being used solely for cargo, there were only three people on board – the two pilots and a passenger who happened to also be a pilot employed by the same company.
After the aircraft was cleared for take-off and had begun its acceleration down the runway, the plane suddenly veered off towards the right edge of the paved surface.
She said: 'Behind the headlines and news reports lie the personal stories of grieving families and friends whose hearts are surely broken as they struggle to come to terms with the abrupt and devastating loss of their loved one.
The plane veered and skidded on the runway shoulder before turning almost completely around and coming to a stop about 135 metres from the runway in a grassy area. However, the plane’s landing gear and one propeller sustained damage.
On its first approach to Runway 17 the pilot aborted landing due to heavy fog.
At around 9.30am he made a second attempt on Runway 35 in the opposite direction.
According to records, the plane was previously owned and registered to South Africa-based Norse Air until 2004, and was later operated by Spanish airline Top Fly.
Between 1969 – when the aircraft model entered service – and 1978, there were no serious incidents involving a Metro.