Thursday, 16 May 2019

Three Britons and a South African have died after the small plane they were flying crashed near Dubai airport.

The Diamond Aircraft DA62 aircraft crashed three miles south of the international airport according to the Dubai media office.

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

Initial indications suggest the crash was the result of a technical malfunction.
The two-year-old aircraft had been operating out of the Middle East since October. 

The DA42 has twin diesel-powered engines.
A spokesman said: 'All operations at the Dubai airport are running smoothly after a slight delay and diversion of some flights as a precautionary measure to ensure security,' it added.

Dubai's international airport is one of the world's busiest aviation hubs.

The aircraft was on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport, the statement said.

An investigation is underway.

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

The company told MailOnline: 'We have no comment to make at this time.'

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: 'We are working closely with the Emirati authorities following reports of a small aircraft crash in Dubai.'

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