UPDATED: Five Reported Dead After Small Plane Crashes At Malta Airport
Airport closes aerodrome as passengers are advised to check airport website for travel information
A light aircraft probably carrying fewer than 10 passengers has crashed around Luqa airport this morning. National broadcaster TVM has reported five passengers have been confirmed dead.
Times of Malta said Mater Dei hospital staff have been placed in major incident mode. The report says the plane crashed near the runway soon after take-off and then burst into flames.
No more information is immediately available but Lovin Malta will keep updating this page with information as it emerges.
TVM shows emergency services on site, spraying the area with foam. TVM also spoke to a witness who was on the car on the runway
Independent has carried footage of the fire and the huge tower of black smoke emerging from it as the captain of another aircraft announces the sad news.
Malta International Airport has released the following statement:
"At 7:20 this morning, an aircraft accident occurred at Malta International Airport. The Rescue and Fire Services team together with members from the Civil Protection Department and Mater Dei were dispatched to the scene immediately. Our priority at this time is with the passengers involved. The aerodrome is currently closed until further notice. Whilst apologizing for any inconvenience caused, passengers are advised to check the airport website for further information."