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  • Two people have died after a light aircraft crashed near Belfast Airport in Northern Ireland.
  • Police have not yet identified the deceased in the crash, which happened shortly after noon on Thursday.
  • Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch is investigating.

Two people have died in a light aircraft crash near Belfast International Airport.

The plane crashed around three miles from the airport's runway shortly after noon on Thursday, near Nutts Corner, Crumlin.

Local police confirmed the deaths on Thursday night.

Superintendent Emma Bond said in a statement: "Emergency services receives a report of a crash shortly after 12.30 p.m. this afternoon. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) will examine the scene to determine the cause of the crash."

Police have not yet identified the deceased, and Bond said "we expect the scene to be held for some time as inquiries as carried out."

The BBC reported that there was a fire at the scene.

Government investigators also confirmed that an air accident had taken place. Ambulances were sent to the scene but stood down soon after, reporting that there was nothing they could do.

The plane was flying toward the airport when it crashed, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service told Business Insider in a statement.

Belfast Airport said the aircraft had not been operating into or out of the airport. The airport is operating as normal.