French Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on Monday said an aircraft had crashed at Malta International Airport, killing all five French people on board.
“The plane crash caused the death of three French defence ministry officials and two private contractors,” Le Drian said in a statement.
He added that the plane was on a surveillance mission over the Mediterranean.
The French minister said the ministry would conduct an inquiry to determine the causes of the accident in coordination with local authorities.
According to media reports, a light aircraft crashed at around 7:20 a.m. local time (0620 GMT) shortly after takeoff. (Xinhua/NAN)