Three Britons killed as small plane crashes near Dubai airport

Cheryl Sanders
May 18, 2019

According to the BBC, three Britons and a South African tragically lost their lives around three miles south of Dubai International Airport last night (May 16).

The Diamond Aircraft DA62 aircraft crashed three miles south of the worldwide airport according to the Dubai media office.

The aircraft is thought to be owned by United States tech giant Honeywell.

The four-seat plane came down at about 19:30 local time, killing the pilot, co-pilot and two passengers. It added that the aircraft was British registered, and was on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport. The Government of Dubai has confirmed that the GCAA sent teams to the site and is investigating the accident.

Dubai International Airport was closed from 7.36pm until 8.22pm after the incident with air traffic forced to circle, and some flights diverted to the nearby Maktoum International Airport due to the Plane crash near Dubai airport.

Flight Calibrations Service said in November that it had signed a contract to work on the UAE airport's "navaids" - beacons which help pilots to locate runways and to land.

An investigation team from the GCAA arrived at the scene of the crash. It was owned by the American conglomerate, Honeywell.

Dubai International is now operating as a reduced capacity due to works on one of its runways.

The only other major incident in recent years was when Emirates Flight 521, from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala crashed on the runway of Dubai International Airport on August 3, 2016.

Dubai's worldwide airport is one of the world's busiest aviation hubs. "We are deeply saddened by the news that a small, chartered plane crashed in Dubai yesterday evening and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims' families".

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