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Two People Dead Following Aircraft Crash In Co.Down

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Onlookers said the mangled wreckage could be seen burning.

Two people have died after a light aircraft crashed at Newtownards Airport in County Down.

The incident happened at around 8 O ' Clock last night.

A spokesman said they received a 999 call at 8.21pm following reports of an incident on Portaferry Road, Newtownards.

Two emergency crews, a doctor and an ambulance officer were dispatched to the incident.

Mangled wreckage could be seen burning as firefighters sprayed water over the small plane.

One eyewitness at the scene said the plane crashed into hedges located near a restaurant.

The Ards airfield is the home of the Ulster Flying Club, where many have learned to fly in small trainer aircraft such as Cessnas.

Many private light aircraft, helicopter and microlight pilots base their aircraft there.

In a statement, a PSNI spokesperson said police and other emergency services attended the scene of a crash involving a light aircraft at the airport.

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