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Five people dead after plane crashes in Malta

Published 24/10/2016

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.

Forensics work on the site of a small plane crash at Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. Five French nationals died when a small plane crashed shortly after take off from Malta's international airport, the island's government said. The plane had been chartered by French customs and had been involved in the surveillance of people and drugs trafficking off Malta, the government said in a statement.Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images
Forensics work on the site of a small plane crash at Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. Five French nationals died when a small plane crashed shortly after take off from Malta's international airport, the island's government said. The plane had been chartered by French customs and had been involved in the surveillance of people and drugs trafficking off Malta, the government said in a statement.Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images
The body of a victim of a small plane crash at Malta International Airport, is removed from the scene on October 24, 2016. Five French nationals died when a small plane crashed shortly after take off from Malta's international airport, the island's government said. The plane had been chartered by French customs and had been involved in the surveillance of people and drugs trafficking off Malta, the government said in a statement.Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images
Forensics work on the site of a small plane crash at Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. Five French nationals died when a small plane crashed shortly after take off from Malta's international airport, the island's government said. The plane had been chartered by French customs and had been involved in the surveillance of people and drugs trafficking off Malta, the government said in a statement.Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images
Forensics work on the site of a small plane crash at Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. Five French nationals died when a small plane crashed shortly after take off from Malta's international airport, the island's government said. The plane had been chartered by French customs and had been involved in the surveillance of people and drugs trafficking off Malta, the government said in a statement.Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images
Forensics work on the site of a small plane crash at Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. Five French nationals died when a small plane crashed shortly after take off from Malta's international airport, the island's government said. The plane had been chartered by French customs and had been involved in the surveillance of people and drugs trafficking off Malta, the government said in a statement.Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images
The twin-prop Metroliner tipped towards the right, crashed into the ground and burst into flames shorly after taking off at 7.20am local time on Monday, eyewitnesses said. See PA story AIR Malta. Photo credit should read: Ed De Gaetano/@eddydeg/Twitter/PA Wire
Members of Malta's Armed Forces check the runway after a small passenger aircraft crashed on takeoff at Malta's international airport on October 24, 2016, killing all five people onboard, officials said. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers, firemen and policemen are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, killing five people, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers, firemen and policemen are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images
Undated handout video grab taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Ed De Gaetano/@eddydeg of a plane which crashed on take-off from Malta International Airport, killing all five people on board officials said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday October 24, 2016. The twin-prop Metroliner tipped towards the right, crashed into the ground and burst into flames shorly after taking off at 7.20am local time on Monday, eyewitnesses said. See PA story AIR Malta. Photo credit should read: Ed De Gaetano/@eddydeg/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout video grab taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Ed De Gaetano/@eddydeg of a plane which crashed on take-off from Malta International Airport, killing all five people on board officials said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday October 24, 2016. The twin-prop Metroliner tipped towards the right, crashed into the ground and burst into flames shorly after taking off at 7.20am local time on Monday, eyewitnesses said. See PA story AIR Malta. Photo credit should read: Ed De Gaetano/@eddydeg/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout video grab taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Ed De Gaetano/@eddydeg of a plane which crashed on take-off from Malta International Airport, killing all five people on board officials said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday October 24, 2016. The twin-prop Metroliner tipped towards the right, crashed into the ground and burst into flames shorly after taking off at 7.20am local time on Monday, eyewitnesses said. See PA story AIR Malta. Photo credit should read: Ed De Gaetano/@eddydeg/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout video grab taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Ed De Gaetano/@eddydeg of a plane which crashed on take-off from Malta International Airport, killing all five people on board officials said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday October 24, 2016. The twin-prop Metroliner tipped towards the right, crashed into the ground and burst into flames shorly after taking off at 7.20am local time on Monday, eyewitnesses said. See PA story AIR Malta. Photo credit should read: Ed De Gaetano/@eddydeg/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli / Malta OUTMATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images

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