3 Americans killed in French crash were plane crew

By the Associated Press | July 14, 2012 | 7:37 AM EDT

Police Officers walk near the plane that crashed on landing at Le Castellet airport, near Toulon, southern France, Friday, July 13, 2012. Three US citizen died in the accident. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

PARIS (AP) — An aviation company says that three Americans who died when a private plane crashed in southern France were the plane's crew.

Universal Jet Aviation said Saturday that it would not release the names of the dead until their families had been notified.

The three — two men, aged 60 and 24, and a 30-year-old woman — died in the crash while their plane was landing Friday at Le Castellet airport in southern France.

The American company said there were no passengers on board.

An investigation into the cause of the crash has been opened.