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Plane crash in Malta kills all five on board

Members of Malta's armed forces check the runway after a small passenger aircraft crashed on takeoff at Malta's international airport. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Valletta, Malta Oct 24, 2016, 12.02 PM (IST)

An aircraft crashed in Malta soon after it took off on Monday, killing all five people on board.

All five victims were French, a military source at the Malta international airport told Reuters. The French foreign ministry, however, hadn’t confirmed the information.

Investigations into the crash of the twin-prop Fairchild Metroliner have begun and the aerodrome has been closed until further notice. Many flights have been diverted, delayed and some cancelled.

"We can confirm that no European Union officials were on board. The plane also was not related to any of the European Union's activities," an EU spokesperson told Reuters.

The plan was headed towards Misrata in Libya, officials informed.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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