Cork Airport crash survivor: The space around me was getting smaller

A surviving passenger of the 2011 plane crash at Cork Airport has told an inquest how he was alternating between screaming and trying to breathe after the crash.

A jury of seven have been hearing evidence from the survivors of the crash at the inquest into the death of six people who were killed when the Manx 2 aircraft crashed on February 20, 2011.

The inquest opened today.

The pilot and co-pilot were unable to navigate through heavy fog and poor heavy weather conditions.

Heather Elliott said it was suddenly like a car crash and that she could feel herself tumbling and the space around her getting smaller.

Survivor Mark Dickens told the inquest there was just noise, screaming and a smell of petrol after the plane crash landed.

He said the plane was on fire and he was trapped by seats on top of him. He said his foot became wedged.

Cork survivor Peter Crowley thanked emergency services personnel for their efforts and said his thoughts were with the families of those who had died.

Gardaí and Assistant State Pathologist Margaret Bolster are giving evidence today. The inquest will also run tomorrow.

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