A US jumbo jet carrying diplomatic cargo from the American embassy in Belgium crashed on take-off from a Brussels airport and broke into three pieces, reports Agence France Presse. The aircraft came to rest just a quarter mile from a residential area. The crew of five, all Americans, were not injured.
"This was very close to a catastrophe," said a spokesman for a local residents' association which has campaigned to close the short runway. "Imagine if it had been an aircraft full of passengers."