Plane crashes at UK airfield as ‘large plumes of black smoke’ spotted

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A plane has crashed at a UK airfield with large plumes of smoke spotted rising from the area, according to eyewitnesses.

Emergency services are on the scene at Newtownards Airfield in County Down, Northern Ireland.

Police, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) and Northern Ireland Ambulance Service have now been tasked with responding to the incident, which is said to involve a light aircraft.

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Speaking to BelfastLive an eyewitness said that, although the smoke has now gone, emergency services are continuing to work at the scene.

They said: "The smoke is now gone. There are four or five fire engines from Newtownards and Bangor, two police cars and two ambulances have arrived. Large plumes of black smoke [could be seen] over the terminal building."

Another eyewitness told the Belfast Telegraph that the plane crashed into some hedges near to the Cloud 9 restaurant at the Ulster Flying Club.

“An ambulance has left the scene, but fire crews are still there,” they said.

“Lots of people are gathering round to see what is happening. There’s a police car stationed at the main entrance.”

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesperson said: "Police and other emergency services are currently in attendance at the scene of a crash involving a light aircraft at Newtownards airport. There are no further details."

A police helicopter has also been seen flying above the incident, according to ITV.

The NIFRS were tasked to the scene at 8.20pm this evening (July 19), a spokesperson said.

They added: "We have three pumping appliances at the scene tonight at Newtownards Airport."

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Kellie Armstrong, a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Strangford, told the Belfast Telegraph the situation is "worrying" and that "it was a fine evening with no fog or obvious weather issues".

She said that people often book flying experiences from the airfield, although the time at which the accident took place means it "wouldn’t be leisure flyers".

Newtownards Airfield opened in August 1934 and is managed by the Ulster Flying Club.

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