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Plane Crashes on Takeoff at Malta Airport, 5 Aboard Killed

  • Associated Press

In this image taken from a video smoke billows as a light plane crashed after takeoff from Malta airport, in Valletta, Oct. 24, 2016.

Officials say a light plane has crashed after takeoff from Malta International Airport, killing all five people on board.

The twin-prop Metroliner tipped toward the right and crashed into the ground soon after lifting off at 7:20 a.m. Monday, bursting into flames, eyewitnesses said.

Part of the burning wreckage ended up on a road outside the perimeter of the airport.

The airplane was on its way to Misrata, Libya.

Malta International Airport is temporarily closed until the debris is cleared.