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At least five people have died after a plane crash in Malta.

Local media reports that the aircraft was operated by the French government. 

The plane went down in shortly after take-off from Malta International Airport at around 7.20am local time (6.20am Irish time) today and is now Malta's worst peacetime air accident. 

A witness told the Times Of Malta the propeller plane suddenly tipped to its right side and "went straight down to the ground", exploding into flames.

Further footage taken from another plane on the tarmac showed the wreckage burning in a field.

Airport officials said the flight was heading for the city of Misrata in Libya. It is thought all the dead are French and were crew. 


All departures and arrivals at Malta International Airport have now been stopped. Flights are currently being diverted to Sicily.

Live information can be found here.



We’ve probably all been: the panic of an unexpected delay followed by a mad dash to your gate.

Worse still: boarding closing just as you arrive at the desk – and being forced to witness your flight pull away.

Still, few of us would be tempted to make a break for it across the tarmac, dodging moving aircraft in a bid to catch your departing flight.

But that’s what one unidentified man did at Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain.

In a video posted to social media, the individual can be seen dangerous jumping from a jet-bridge onto the ground below. He then seems to try and intercept an airport vehicle before dashing towards his Ryanair flight – which was in the process of preparing for take-off.

Wearing a blue shirt and carrying two bags, he next appears to approach two airport employees standing off to the side of the Ryanair jet.

"This is how passengers in Madrid behave when they don't arrive in time for their flights.

“This passenger got through various security procedures… We’re talking level-4 security,” the video’s uploader wrote on Facebook.

It is not clear whether the man later faced charges for his actions.

SHEmazing has asked Ryanair for comment on the matter and is awaiting a response.