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Irish president's relative on plane crash.

Summary: Six people, including a relative of Ireland's president, have died in a plane crash.

Six people, including a relative of Ireland's President, have died in a plane crash.

Two businessmen from Northern Ireland, a Briton, a Spanish pilot and a British co-pilot believed to be from York, were also among the dead.

Six other people were injured - two miraculously walking away from the mangled wreckage - when the 18-seater turboprop crashed on landing in thick fog at Cork Airport.

Brendan McAleese, who owned the Central Laundries business in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, was a cousin of Dr Martin McAleese, the husband of President Mary McAleese. He was married with a young family.

Another of those killed was Pat Cullinan, aged in his 40s and originally from Omagh, Co Tyrone, he was a partner in leading accountancy firm KPMG in Belfast. A third victim was Captain Michael Evans, Deputy Harbour Master in Belfast.

Sources close to the investigation named the pilot as Jordi Gola Lopez from Spain and English co-pilot Andrew Cantle, believed to be from York.

Mrs McAleese and Taoiseach Brian Cowen expressed their shock and sadness at the tragedy - the worst on record at an Irish airport.

"I am especially conscious of the pain being experienced tonight by all of the bereaved as one of the deceased was Brendan McAleese, my husband Martin's cousin," the President said.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 12, 2011
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