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Small DA42 plane crashes in Dubai: GCAA

18 May 2019

The United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority said it crashed about five kilometres south of the airport after setting out "to calibrate land navigation devices at Dubai International Airport".

Following the crash flights were delayed and diverted as the airport - one of the world's busiest, based on global passenger traffic - was closed for 45 minutes.

It is unclear whether the plane was taking off or landing when the tragedy unfolded.

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

Police and flight crash investigation vehicles near the site of the incident in Dubai. "The relevant teams are on the scene", Dubai Media Office said.

An UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We are working closely with the Emirati authorities following reports of a small aircraft crash in Dubai".

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Operations were affected between 7.36 pm and 8.22 pm UAE local time, after which flights resumed from the airport.

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 DA42 aircraft is described on the Diamond website as having a "high degree of crashworthiness" and being "easy to fly and burns fuel like a single, but with the added safety of a second engine". It was owned by the American conglomerate, Honeywell. "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". We are waiting for more details'.

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Small DA42 plane crashes in Dubai: GCAA