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Sunday 19 August 2018

Two dead after Cessna crashes near Belfast Airport

Roads closed near the sight of the plane crash in Belfast
Roads closed near the sight of the plane crash in Belfast

Two people died after a light aircraft crashed in Co Antrim, sources said.

Paramedics, firefighters and an air ambulance helicopter attended the site near Nutts Corner after the Cessna plane caught fire.

The incident happened close to a wooded area shortly after noon yesterday, two or three miles from Belfast International Airport. A spokeswoman said the aircraft was not operating to or from there.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said no patients were taken from the scene. It put its major incident protocols into action but the incident was stood down at 12.49pm.

The plane ended up sitting in a grassy area in the middle of a wood. Part of it was covered by what appeared to be a blue tarpaulin.

Incident

Nearby roads were closed.

A NIAS spokeswoman said: "The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a call at 12.23pm on Thursday following reports that a light aircraft had come down near Nutts Corner.

"NIAS implemented its major incident protocols in response to this incident and one rapid response paramedic, three emergency ambulance crews and four officers were dispatched to the incident.

"The charity air ambulance was also tasked."

A PSNI statement confirmed the emergency services were in attendance.

The flight was not connected to either of the two Belfast airports or an airfield in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, spokesmen confirmed.

Newtownards airport, where the Ulster Flying Club is based, made no comment.

A witness told BBC NI he tried to help.

"It was not a nice sight. My thoughts are with the families of the two guys," he said.

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