Three Britons dead after plane crash near Dubai airport

Nellie Chapman
May 18, 2019

In a statement the GCAA said: "A UK-registered small DA42 plane crashed three miles to the south of Dubai International Airport, killing four people on board".

The two year-old Diamond DA42 Twin Star airplane, registered in the United Kingdom as G-MDME, was carrying out calibration flights for terrestrial navigation systems at Dubai Airport.

The four-seater DA42 plane, registered in the United Kingdom, was calibrating terrestrial navigation systems.

The airport, home to long-haul carrier Emirates, is the world's busiest for global travel. "The relevant teams are on the scene", Dubai Media Office said.

According to the Dubai media office, Honeywell - a US-based multinational involved in engineering and aerospace systems - said: "The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell".

Four people have been killed after a plane owned by a Shoreham-based company crashed in Dubai, the BBC has reported.

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Civil aviation officials in Dubai said an investigation was under way into the cause of the crash.

Air traffic at the airport has since returned to normal, it said.

Dubai International Airport later told The Associated Press the plane "was being used to calibrate the approach systems" at the airport.

A spokesman said: "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".

It confirmed that an "accident involving a small plane with four passengers occurred" and some flights were diverted as a "precautionary measure to ensure security". "We are waiting for more details", a statement read.

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