Plane crash in Malta kills French anti-trafficking team on board.
A French-chartered plane monitoring trafficking activity in the Mediterranean crashed in a ball of flames at Malta’s international airport on Monday, killing all five people on board, officials said.
The plane, which had been chartered by French customs, plummeted into the ground shortly after take-off, the Maltese government said in a statement.
It added that all the victims were French nationals and that there was no indication of an explosion on board prior to the crash.
The French defence ministry confirmed the deaths, describing the plane as having been involved in “reconnaissance missions in the Mediterranean”.
The Maltese government said the aircraft was a Fairchild Metroliner Mark III registered in the United States and leased to a Luxembourg company.
Shortly afterwards it was seen plunging nose-first towards the ground and exploding into a ball of flames.”Official information, footage and eyewitnesses, including three members of the Armed Forces of Malta at the nearby barracks, and two commercial airline pilots, clearly indicate that there was no explosion prior to