Two Killed in Dubai Plane Crash

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2019

Three Britons and a South African have died after the small plane they were flying crashed near Dubai airport.

Flights were temporarily diverted from Dubai International Airport after a small private plane, a Diamond DA-42, crashed around 4.8 kilometers away from the airport.

The four-seater Diamond DA42, registered in the United Kingdom, had been involved in upgrading a runway and was used to "calibrate the approach systems", the airport said.

According to local media reports, the plane came down at approximately 19:30 local time (17:30 SA time), killing a pilot, a co-pilot and two passengers, BBC reported.

The aircraft, which was involved in upgrading a runway at the major transport hub, crashed on Thursday night (local time) and halted traffic at the world's busiest airport for global travel for almost an hour.

The crash caused delays at the airport, the emirate's government media office said, however operations are now believed to be back on track.

"An accident involving a small plane with four passengers occurred resulting in the death of the pilot and his assistant".

The plane is owned by Honeywell, which provides engineering services and aerospace systems, and is registered to Flight Calibrations Service Ltd, based in Shoreham in West Sussex, the AP news agency reported.

The airport said it halted flights from 7.36pm. until 8.22pm. local time over the crash. "We are waiting for more details", a statement read.

Police and flight crash investigation vehicles near the site of the incident in Dubai.

Honeywell, however, later clarified that it did not own the plane.

An investigation has begun and air traffic has returned to normal.

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