Small plane crashes near Dubai's busy airport, killing 4


Three people have died after a plane crashed close to Dubai Airport on Thursday.

A small aircraft conducting navigation surveillance work has crashed near Dubai International Airport, killing all four people on board.

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

The Government of Dubai Media Office said, "An accident involving a small plane with 4 passengers occurred resulting in the death of the pilot and his assistant and two officials". It added that the aircraft was British registered, and was on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport.

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

Camera IconDubai International Airport from outer space.

Dubai International Airport was closed from 7.36pm until 8.22pm after the incident with air traffic forced to circle, and some flights diverted to the nearby Maktoum International Airport due to the Plane crash near Dubai airport. "The relevant teams are on the scene", Dubai Media Office said.

Dubai International is now operating at a reduced capacity because of ongoing work to one of its runways.

Dubai International Airport said in a statement on Twitter operations were suspended for 46 minutes.

All 300 passengers and crew survived, with 30 taken to hospital mostly with minor injuries or for precautionary check-ups. It was owned by the American conglomerate, Honeywell.

"We are deeply saddened by today's plane crash in Dubai, and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims' families", the statement said.