Five dead after plane carrying European Union officials crashes in Malta

Five people have died after a plane believed to be carrying EU border officials crashed and exploded into a ball of flames in Malta. The light aircraft crashed shortly after taking-off from the runway at Malta Airport in Luqa at around 5.30am on Monday.

No one aboard the flight, which was heading for Misrata in Libya, is thought to have survived.

One witness told the Times of Malta how they saw the plane take-off and rise before it tipped onto its right side ‘and went straight down into the ground.’

Emergency services are on the scene and rescuers are searching the burning wreckage for any survivors.

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