A light plane carrying five people on board, including representatives of the European Union, crashed at Luqa airport in Malta, killing all five of them on Monday. The plane crashed just after takeoff. It is the worst peacetime air disaster in the country.
The plane crashed just after takeoff from the Malta International Airport around 7:20 local time. The plane caught fire after crashing. The plane, a plane Swearingen Metroliner twin-prop US-built, was on his way to Misurata in Libya.
I heard the cry of a plane, then saw collapse. It caught fire immediately, "said a witness." Very few of the aircraft was left, just some debris. "
airport officials said earlier the plane was carrying officials of the security officials of the Frontex borders. FRONTEX later clarified by saying that "no one has been involved in the plane crash in Malta."
The propeller plane tipped to the right side and "went straight to the ground," a witness told the Times of Malta. Firefighters and other emergency officials have reached the spot.
All people aboard the plane were French, Maltese newspaper said.
Flights from the airport were suspended after the crash. Flights were redirected to Sicily. The Aerodome will be closed until further notice, the airport authority said Monday.