Four dead in small plane crash near Dubai airport

The plane crashed three miles to the south of DXB.

At least four people died in a crash involving a small plane on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the Dubai International Airport (DXB), the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced on Thursday evening.

The UK-registered DA42 plane had four crew members – three British and one South African on board when the incident happened three miles to the south of DXB.

“An accident involving a small plane with four passengers occurred, (that) caused in the death of the pilot and his assistant. The relevant teams are on the scene,” the Dubai Media office tweeted.

“The small UK-registered plane, owned by Honeywell, had four passengers on board, when it crashed due to a technical malfunction,” it said in follow-up tweet.

“We are deeply saddened by today’s plane crash in Dubai, and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims’ families. The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell. We are waiting for more details,” Honeywell said in a statement.

There was almost an hour delay and diversion of some flights, as a precautionary measure to ensure security following a minor incident, a DXB spokesperson told Khaleej Times.

“Dubai Airports can confirm that operations at Dubai International were suspended from 19:36 to 20:22 UAE local time due to an incident involving a small non-commercial aircraft in the vicinity of the airport,” the spokesperson said.

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