Valletta: All the five people on board have died as a plane crashed at Malta International Airport, the sources reported.
A twin-propellered aircraft, Fairchild Metroliner, crashed on take-off at around 7am at the Malta’s main airport in Luqa.
The military sources added that all the crew on board belonged to France, who have become victims of the massive explosion.
“We confirm that five crew on board the aircraft are deceased. Our thoughts are with families of people involved in this accident,” Malta International Airport said in a statement.
The investigation has started and the authorities are working with investigative agencies in order to provide them with any assistance requisite, an official claimed later.
According to the initial reports, the eye-witnesses said that they saw the plane first tilted towards right and then crashed into the ground soon after lifting off.
Part of the burning wreckage has ended up on a road outside the perimeter of the airport. The plane was on its way to Misurata, Libya.
Moreover, the staff of Malta International Airport said its aerodrome had been closed in light of the crash and asked passengers to check its website for updates.