Dubai aircraft crash: Three Britons and one South African killed

Sergio Conner
May 18, 2019

Flight operations at Dubai International Airport were temporarily halted after a four-seater aircraft crashed close to the airport on Thursday evening.

Flights were reportedly delayed and diverted as the airport - one of the world's busiest, based on worldwide passenger traffic - was closed for 45 minutes.

The exact circumstances of the accident are not yet known and it is not clear if the aircraft was taking off or landing when the crash happened.

The UK-registered aircraft is owned by Flight Calibration Services Ltd based in Kent.

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

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

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The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority said all four people on board, three British citizens and one South African, were killed in the crash that took place 5km south of the airport, which is home to long-haul carrier Emirates.

USA engineering and aerospace company Honeywell said it had hired Flight Calibration Services and the DA42 plane for work in Dubai.

In November, Flight Calibration Services announced that it had signed a contract to work on the airport's "navaids", the beacons... Investigators have been sent to the scene. It was owned by the American conglomerate, Honeywell. We are waiting for more details'.

Camera IconDubai International Airport from outer space.

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

The fuel tank of the Boeing 777 exploded in an ensuing blaze, killing firefighter Jassim Al Baloushi, 27, from Ras Al Khaimah.

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