A plane crash in Cork, Ireland, has killed six people and injured six more after a pilot failed to land in fog after his third attempt.

The turbo prop plane with 12 passengers was travelling from Belfast when it crash-landed on the runway, reportedly flipping onto its back.

According to witnesses, after it crashed, the plane caught on fire as four walking wounded managed to climb from the wreckage.

A spokeswoman for the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said: “[The plane] had been trying to land in foggy conditions. This was its third attempt to land.”

Cork airport has closed.

A spokesperson for a nearby hospital nearby dealing with the victims of the plane crash said the passengers and crew were suffering from burns and multiple injuries.

Four of the injured are said to be in a serious condition.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said: “This is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts are with the families of the bereaved.

“My thoughts are also with the injured and I hope that they will make a full and speedy recovery.”

Ireland’s Department of Transport will now initiate an air accident investigation into the fatal crash.