4 dead after Dubai International Airport small plane crash

Published on : Friday, May 17, 2019

4 people have died after a small plane crashed near Dubai International Airport on Thursday evening. According to the officials, the two pilots and two passengers were killed when the Diamond DA42 aircraft came down around 7.30pm following a malfunction.

 

A statement from the General Civil Aviation Authority said three of the dead were British and one was from South Africa. The four-seat, twin-engine propeller aircraft was registered in the UK and crashed around 5 kilometres south of the airport.

 

It is believed the passengers were flying to “calibrate terrestrial navigation systems” at the airport, which is undergoing work. Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest by international traffic, diverted a number of flights between 7.36pm and 8.22pm.

 

It put other planes in a holding pattern over the Gulf while emergency crews responded to the incident.

The exact circumstances of the accident are not yet known and it is not clear if the aircraft was taking off or landing when the crash happened. The officials identified the plane as a DA42 model, manufactured by Chinese company Diamond Aircraft Industries, based in Austria.

 

Dubai Media Office said that an accident involving a small plane with four passengers occurred resulting in the death of the pilot and his assistant. The relevant teams are on the scene. The plane’s tail number belongs to Flight Calibrations Service based in the UK, AP reported.

 

The company refused to comment on reports that it was contracted to do runway work at Dubai International Airport. The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell. We are waiting for more details.

 

The state news agency Wam said at 8.52pm on Thursday that all operations at the airport were back up and running. On Friday morning, police and flight investigators continued to work at the crash site. Dubai International is currently operating at a reduced capacity because of ongoing work to one of its runways.

The company refused to comment on reports that it was contracted to do runway work at Dubai International Airport. The engineering and aerospace manufacturer Honeywell said that they are engineering and aerospace manufacturer Honeywell. The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell. We are waiting for more details.

 

The State news agency Wam said at 8.52pm on Thursday that all operations at the airport were back up and running. On Friday morning, police and flight investigators continued to work at the crash site.

 

Dubai International is currently operating at a reduced capacity because of ongoing work to one of its runways. The fuel tank of the Boeing 777 exploded in an ensuing blaze, killing firefighter Jassim Al Baloushi, 27, from Ras Al Khaimah.

 

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