Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Two people dead after plane crashes close to Belfast International Airport

Two people dead after plane crashes close to Belfast International Airport

A light aircraft has crashed in Northern Ireland, reportedly killing two people.

The plane crashed shortly after noon on Thursday near Nutts Corner, Crumlin.

Nutts Corner is just a mile from Belfast International Airport but officials said the plane was not going into or out of the airport.

"I understand that the Air Ambulance and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene".

Three ambulance crews and an air ambulance were also deployed, the ambulance service said.

The Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) has confirmed it is sending a team to the light aircraft crash near Belfast International Airport in Northern Ireland.

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"We are operating as normal following an incident involving a light aircraft at Loanends two or three miles from the airport", a spokesperson said.

The Fire Service remains at the scene.

A spokeswoman said the aircraft was not operating to or from there.

A spokesman for Belfast City Airport said it was not the start point or destination for the downed plane's flight.

It is thought it may have taken off from Newtownards Airfield.

SDLP Lagan Valley MLA Pat Catney said: "My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the ongoing incident at Nutts Corner following a crash".

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