Diamond DA42 crashes near Dubai airport

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 17, 2019
A file image of a Diamond DA42 from the manufacturer's website. (Diamond Aircraft)
A file image of a Diamond DA42 from the manufacturer’s website. (Diamond Aircraft)

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

The incident involving a Diamond DA42 aircraft that was registered in the United Kingdom occurred on Thursday evening (United Arab Emirates time) about three miles south of Dubai airport, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement posted on the Government of Dubai media office website.

“The four-seat plane crashed while on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport, with all crew members, three British, and one South African, killed,”

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

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

“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.

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Honeywell said in a statement posted by the Dubai Media Office on Twitter the aircraft was operated by a third party on its behalf.

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

“The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell. We are waiting for more details.”

A line up of Emirates aircraft at Dubai. (Rob Finlayson)
A line up of Emirates aircraft at Dubai International Airport. (Rob Finlayson)

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