Charleroi airport in Belgium was closed at the weekend following a small plane crash.

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Charleroi airport in Belgium was closed at the weekend following a small plane crash.

The incident occurred on Saturday morning and when a Cessna aircraft had troubles taking off from the alternative Brussels gateway. Officials said that five individuals were killed when the plane went down near the end of the runway, all of which are reportedly Belgian nationals.

The ordeal saw the airport closed for a number of hours through the day, forcing the cancellation of a number of commercial flights from low-cost carriers including Dublin-based Ryanair. The facility re-opened on Saturday evening.

Spokeswoman Melissa Milioto said on behalf of Charleroi airport that the plane had attempted to turn back prior to the crash. She went on to add that all flights were being diverted to Brussels and Liege airports for the remainder of the day.

The BBC reported that some wreckage from the accident was visible near the airport, although only the rear section of the plane could be easily recognised.

Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo offered condolences to the victims’ families via his Twitter account on Saturday afternoon.

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