October 24, 2016 / 10:52 AM / a year ago

Three French defense ministry staff, two contractors die in Malta crash

PARIS (Reuters) - Three French Defence Ministry officials and two private contractors died when their plane on a surveillance mission over the Mediterranean crashed at an airport in Malta during take-off, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

The ministry will conduct an investigation on what caused the crash on Monday morning, Le Drian said in a statement.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier and Ingrid Melander; Editing by Leigh Thomas

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