Baku, October 24, AZERTAC
A light aircraft has crashed shortly after takeoff from Malta, killing at least five people, airport sources and witnesses said , according to the Guardian.
Initial reports said the plane was believed to be carrying officials from the EU border agency Frontex, but a spokesman later said the agency had not deployed the plane.
The crash, the country's worst peacetime aircraft accident, happened at about 05:30 GMT, as the plane was heading for Misrata in Libya, said officials.
The plane, a twin-prop Metroliner, can carry about 10 people. Rescuers were looking for survivors.
There was no immediate news on the nationality of the victims.