A light aircraft crashed in Northern Ireland, reportedly killing two people. Emergency services arrived at the scene of the crash while the plane was still on fire, near Belfast International Airport .
An eyewitness said: “The angle of it, it was on its side heading towards the ground. You knew it was going to crash.”
The light plane was thought to be operating out of the nearby Newtownards Airfield.
A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed that the emergency services had been alerted to a plane crash just after midday at close to the Nutts Corner roundabout and the Loanends Road in Co Antrim – just south of the international airport.
We are operating as normal following an incident involving a light aircraft at Loanends 2/3 mls from Airport. The aircraft was not operating into or out of the airport. All further media enquiries should be addressed to @PoliceServiceNI
— Belfast Airport (@belfastairport) April 19, 2018
“The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a call at 12:23 this afternoon following reports that a light aircraft had come down near Nutts Corner on approach to Belfast International Airport,” the spokeswoman said.
“One rapid response paramedic, three emergency ambulance crews and two officers have been dispatched to the incident. The charity air ambulance has also been tasked to the scene.