Three French defence officials and two other people died when a surveillance plane crashed shortly after take-off at Malta International Airport.
The light aircraft was setting off on a mission over the Mediterranean around 07:20 (05:20 GMT) when it nose-dived and disintegrated in a ball of flames.
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