12/01/2014 11:38 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Four Killed As Executive Jet Travelling From British Airfield Crashes In Germany

The plane crashed near the western city of Trier in Germany

Four people believed to have died when a jet from England crashed in Germany were German nationals, a spokesman for the local airport has said.

The small aircraft came down at lunchtime at a rubbish site near the western city of Trier.

Police said in a statement that the plane appeared to be a Cessna Citation business jet carrying two pilots and two passengers from England to an airfield at Foehren, near the crash site.

A spokesman for Trier-Fohren airfield said the plane was travelling from Shoreham airport in West Sussex and all the deceased were German.

There was no immediate word on a possible cause for the crash.

Shoreham Airport tweeted: "We are aware of the accident at Trier Airport in Germany today which involved an aircraft that departed from Shoreham Airport at 0954 GMT."