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Plane crashes on takeoff at Malta airport, 5 aboard killed

Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. Matthew Mirabelli / AFP/ Manila Bulletin

Emergency workers are seen at the site of the wreckage of a small twin engined plane which crashed shortly after takeover from Malta International Airport, on October 24, 2016. Matthew Mirabelli / AFP/ Manila Bulletin

VALLETTA, Malta — Officials say a light plane has crashed after takeoff from Malta International Airport, killing all five people on board.

The twin-prop Metroliner tipped toward the right and crashed into the ground soon after lifting off at 7:20 a.m. Monday, bursting into flames, eyewitnesses said.

Part of the burning wreckage ended up on a road outside the perimeter of the airport.

The airplane was on its way to Misurata, Libya.

Malta International Airport is temporarily closed until the debris is cleared.