PARIS (January 5, 2013)--A Moroccan family of five that was returning home from a vacation died Saturday when a plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport near the French Alps, officials said.
The twin-engine plane hit a hill and crashed in a forest in an uninhabited area outside Grenoble, a gateway to the Alpine resorts in southeastern France.
The pilot was flying his wife and their three children home to Morocco, after a vacation in France.
Bruno Charlot, a local government official, said all five aboard died.
The plane took off Saturday afternoon from Grenoble's airport and quickly disappeared off the radar. Charlot said the weather was clear, and an investigation is under way to determine the cause of the crash.
The crash caused a small fire that extinguished itself even before responders arrived on the scene.
No one was hurt on the ground.