Published: Sat, May 18, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

A plane has crashed at Dubai Airport, killing all four on-board

A plane has crashed at Dubai Airport, killing all four on-board

The small plane - a Diamond DA42 aircraft - crashed about 5km south of the airport at around 7.30pm on Thursday evening, killing all four people on board including the pilot and his assistant.

A South African and three British passengers aboard the plane died.

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.

The crash happened as the DA42 aircraft was "on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport", said the GCAA.

Flight Calibration Services Limited was hired by U.S. company Honeywell to carry out work on navigation aids, such as radars and landing systems, at the airport, according to the BBC.

The statement said a GCAA investigation team was at the scene of the crash.

It added that an "accident involving a small plane with four passengers occurred".

Flight Calibrations Service announced in November it signed a contract to work on the airport's "navaids", the beacons around an airport that show pilots where runways are and how to land on them. Investigators have been sent to the scene.

Dubai International Airport, home to the long-haul carrier Emirates, is the world's busiest airport for international travel and a popular hub for Australians travelling to Europe and the Middle East. "The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell".

In a statement, Honeywell said: "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'.

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

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