Malta Plane Crash Victims: Five French Men
Prime Minister confirms plane did not explode before crash
Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has just confirmed that the plane did not explode prior to hitting the ground during this morning's tragic crash.
"Official information, footage and eyewitnesses, including three members of the Armed Forces of Malta at the nearby Safi Barracks, and two commercial airline pilots, clearly indicate that there was no explosion prior to impact."
Aircraft which crashed after takeoff part of #France Customs surveillance op against illicit trafficking.Remains of 5French nationals found.— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) October 24, 2016
Flight was registered as local, coming back to #Malta without landing in any third country.— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) October 24, 2016
Official information, footage+eyewitnesses inc 3soldiers at Safi barracks, 2 commercial airline pilots point at no explosion prior to impact— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) October 24, 2016
The flight was registered with the Malta Air Traffic Services as a local flight. There are several inquiries "as established by international rules and the Laws of Malta" currently underway.
He has also confirmed that the five men on board (all of whom were French nationals taking part in a customs surveillance operation) are accounted for.
The French Custom's surveillance operation was being carried out to trace illicit trafficking routes, including human and drug trafficking.