Five people including three children were killed Saturday when a small plane crashed at South Brussels Charleroi Airport, which caused the facility to be closed briefly, local police told Efe.

The accident occurred Saturday morning when the small plane, which had taken off from the same airport, tried to come back and land because it was experiencing problems.

As it came in for a landing the plane went out of control and crashed near one of the runways.

Police told Efe there were no survivors and that the five on board who died belonged to the same family: three children, their mother and grandfather.

They also said that two flights had been diverted to the airport at Liege, while another four flights were canceled.

The Web site of the airport showed that flights to Tenerife and Barcelona were being delayed.

Charleroi is some 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the capital and is the base for low-cost airlines in Belgium like Ryanair.

The accident came at the start of school vacations for Carnival in Belgium, during which Charleroi Airport estimates that some 140,000 passengers will pass through it, according to the Web site of the airport management company BSCA. EFE