Pilatus porter aircraft
© UnknownA Pilatus Porter aircraft similar to the one which crashed on the outskirts of the village of Marchovelette in southern Belgium on October 19, 2013.
At least ten passengers onboard a small plane have been killed when the aircraft went down shortly following takeoff in southern Belgium.

The Pilatus Porter aircraft had just lifted into the air from Temploux aerodrome on Saturday, but crashed about ten minutes later in a field on the outskirts of the village of Marchovelette, part of the Belgian municipality of Fernelmont, and burst into flames.
"The plane took off from Temploux aerodrome with 10 parachutists and probably a pilot on board and crashed around 10 minutes later in a field. All those onboard are unfortunately dead. The toll is 10 or 11 victims," Mayor of Fernelmont, Jean-Claude Nihoul, said.
He added that it was "very difficult" to be more precise given the state of the aircraft which was "unrecognizable" after being "burned up."

"I just saw a plane lose its right wing in mid-flight and crash. I heard a massive 'bang' towards the south of Marchovelette. I didn't see anyone escape with a parachute," one witness said on condition of anonymity.

Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo has extended his deepest condolences over the tragic incident.

"Plane crash near Namur: my thoughts are with all the victims, their families and their loved ones," he said.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.