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South African dies in Dubai plane crash

18 May 2019

Four people have died after a small plane crashed near Dubai International Airport on Thursday evening.

The plane crashed at approximately 7:30pm local time (3.30pm GMT) three miles south of Dubai International Airport.

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

The UK-registered Diamond Aircraft (DA42) went down five kilometers (three miles) south of the global hub, WAM said, citing civil aviation authorities.

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

The company flies staff around the world to inspect and calibrate navigation aids - which include radars and landing systems for airports and airfields.

The last major aircraft incident in Dubai happened in August 2016, when an Emirates Boeing 777-300 crash landed after flying in from Thiruvananthapuram, India.

"Dubai Airports can confirm that operations at @DXB 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 airport said on Twitter. It was owned by the American conglomerate, Honeywell.

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

Large amounts of traffic are being diverted to Dubai World Central, the city's second airport, close to the Expo 2020 site.

Statement by Honeywell: "We are deeply saddened by today's plane crash in Dubai, and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims' families". We are waiting for more details'.

South African dies in Dubai plane crash