Malta plane crash: Five French customs officials killed, says government

Malta plane crash: Five French customs officials killed, says government

Officials work at Luqa airport in the aftermath of the plane crash (Getty)

Monday, October 24, 2016

The five people who died in a plane crash in Malta this morning were customs officials, the French government has said.

The plane crashed in a field and burst into flames shortly after takeoff in Luqa at around 7.20am this morning. The flight was reportedly bound for Libya.

The French government said the victims were part of a customs surveillance operation which had been ongoing for several months.

It has also been confirmed that there are no survivors of the crash.

It had been previously been reported that the victims were working for the EU border agency Frontex, but the organisation subsequently denied this. 

Investigations into the cause and circumstances of the crash are ongoing.