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Five people dead after plane crashes in Malta

Five people are believed to have been killed after a plane crashed shortly after taking off from a Malta airport.

Five people are believed to have been killed after a plane crashed shortly after taking off from a Malta airport.

Sources said the plane crashed near the runway soon after take-off and subsequently burst into flames.

One eyewitness told Times of Malta they saw the plane take-off and rise before it suddenly tipped onto its right side "and went straight down into the ground."

Airport officials initially said the twin-prop Metroliner plane was believed to be carrying Frontex officials. Frontex is the EU's border management agency. The organisation later put out a statement saying it had not deployed the plane.

"The plane which crashed in Malta was not deployed by Frontex," Krzysztof Borowski from Frontex said.

The agency tweeted: "No Frontex staff was involved in the plane crash in Malta."

All five victims of a plane crash were French, a military source at the airport said.

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