Report due on Irish plane crash which killed Sunderland pilot

Andrew Cantle

Andrew Cantle

A REPORT into the cause of a plane crash which killed a Wearside co-pilot is due to be released.

Air accident investigators are expected to deliver the results into the crash, in which Andrew Cantle died, tomorrow.

The 27-year-old, of Moorside, was one of the six people who died when the flight, from Belfast to Cork, crashed during its third attempt to land on February 10, 2011. Mr Cantle, who was a member of Sunderland’s RNLI volunteer team, was a newly-qualified pilot

He and Spanish pilot Jordi Gola were trying to bring the plane down in fog when it crashed. Six people survived the tragedy.

In October last year, Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) said the inquiry was complex. A number of lawsuits are expected once the final report is published.

In 2012, the AAIU revealed problems with engine number two of the twin turboprop Fairchild Metroliner, which could have caused an uneven thrust from the wings, and stated that the captain took the plane’s controls seconds before it crashed.

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