A SMALL PASSENGER plane crashed at Belgium’s Charleroi Airport this morning, killing five people.
The aircraft, a Cessna, had experienced difficulties on take-off and had attempted to return to Charleroi to make an emergency landing. Airport officials confirmed it crashed on the side of the runway.
Belgian news agency Belga said the five killed were three young children, their mother and their grandfather. All were Belgian nationals.
The airport, which is an international hub used by Ryanair and other low-cost travellers, was closed immediately after the crash – which occurred just before 10am CET (9am GMT). Ryanair passengers have been advised that several flights have been cancelled in response to the tragedy.