Survivors of the Cork air disaster have demanded to know why the young Spanish pilot didn’t divert the doomed Manx2 flight.
The 31-year-old Jordi Sola Lopez captained a flight for the first time when his plane crashed in heavy fog on a third attempted landing in Cork last Thursday.
Lopez, his co-pilot and four passengers died in the crash with some of the six survivors now asking why the inexperienced pilot didn’t divert after the first two failed landing attempts.
Sources have claimed that Lopez was offered the chance to divert to Waterford Regional Airport but declined.
He went for a third landing attempt when the Fairchild Metroliner plane did get down but the right wing clipped the runway and turned the plane upside down before it caught fire after skidding along the runway.
Lopez was killed in the crash along with Brendan McAleese, Pat Cullinan, Michael Evans, Andrew Cantle and Richard Noble while four of the six survivors are still in hospital in Cork.
A preliminary report into the accident will be published in six weeks.
The brother of survivor Heather Elliott has revealed that she has already asked air accident investigators why Captain Lopez didn’t divert the flight after the second failed landing as is normal with most commercial aircraft.