Three Britons die after light aircraft crashes near Dubai International Airport

Lester Mason
May 18, 2019

The incident involving a Diamond DA42 aircraft that was registered in the United Kingdom occurred on Thursday evening (United Arab Emirates time) about three miles south of Dubai airport, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement posted on the Government of Dubai media office website.

Three UK citizens and one South African died, it added in a statement.

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.

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. It was operated by Flight Calibration Services, a British company specialising in these navigation calibration missions.

In November, Flight Calibration Services announced that it had signed a contract to work on the airport's "navaids", the beacons... "The relevant teams are on the scene".

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.

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.

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.

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

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