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Two people dead after plane crashes close to Belfast International Airport

Two people are understood to have been killed in a plane crash near Belfast International Airport.

It is believed a small aircraft crashed on approach to the airport close to Nutts Corner roundabout.

Q Radio have reported of fatalities on board the aircraft, thought to be a Cessna, while one eyewitness told the BBC the plane circled over houses and tried to land, before crashing in a field and exploding.

Emergency services are currently at the scene, including fire and ambulance crews following the incident which happened just before 12.30pm.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesperson said: “[We] are currently attending the scene of a light aircraft on fire near Nutts Corner, Crumlin.

“The call was received at 12.22pm today and three fire appliances from Antrim, Crumlin and Glengormley stations are at the scene.”

Air Ambulance have also been called to the scene.

“The incident is ongoing,” a spokeswoman said.

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 involving a light aircraft on its approach to Belfast International Airport.

“I understand that the Air Ambulance and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene. I have been in touch with staff at Belfast International Airport and I will continue to monitor the situation closely.

“Thinking of all of those involved at this difficult time.”

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