BRUSSELS, Belgium (Sat, Feb 09) – At least five people were killed, including three ill-fated children, as result of a small tourist plane crash at Belgium's Charleroi airport on Saturday. Flying conditions at the time of crash were reported to be poor, with freezing fog causing difficulties.
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According to further details; the small Cessna aircraft encountered problems right at the take-off; therefore, pilot tried to return to Charleroi to attempt an emergency landing but crashed on the side of the runway, airport officials said.
Melissa Milioto, an airport spokesperson said, “There was a problem on take-off and they tried to come back, but unfortunately the plane crashed that killed all five on board.” The twisted wreckage of the plane could be seen on the runway, with little but the rear section intact.
Belgian media reported that the five people on board were from the same family - three young children, their mother and grandfather.
BBC reported that the tragic mishap forced authorities to suspend the operation at the airport, which is considered a center for low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, the heaviest user of the airport.
The airport would be closed until at least 14:30 local time (13:30 GMT), reported by local media.
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