All killed in plane crash in Malta were French

All killed in plane crash in Malta were FrenchThree French Defence Ministry officials and two private contractors died when their plane on a surveillance mission over the Mediterranean crashed at an airport in Malta during take-off, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

The ministry will conduct an investigation on what caused the crash on Monday morning, Le Drian said in a statement.

Staff said investigations had begun and the aerodrome was closed until further notice. Several flights have been diverted to Sicily, many delayed and some canceled.

The flight was part of a French customs operation that had been going on for the past five months, Maltese officials said in statement. It had been scheduled as a local flight and was due to return within hours "without landing in third countries," the statement said.
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