No patients taken from scene of light aircraft crash, says ambulance service

No patients were taken from the scene of a light aircraft crash in Co Antrim, the ambulance service said.

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

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

A statement from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said: "No patients were taken from the scene and the major incident was stood down at 12:49."

Nearby roads have been closed.

A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) spokeswoman said: "The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a call at 12:23 this afternoon following reports that a light aircraft had come down near Nutts Corner."

She added: "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 Police Service of Northern Ireland (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, said it would make no comment.

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