A UK-registered Diamond aircraft crashed five kilometres south of Dubai International Airport, killing four people on board, the civil aviation authorities announced on Thursday evening.
The aircraft crashed near Mushrif Park on the approach to the airport. The accident involved 4 passengers, including the aircraft’s pilot and his assistant.
The aircraft, operated by a third party engaged by US tech giant Honeywell, crashed due to a technical malfunction. 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," the state news agency WAM said.
In a statement issued by Honeywell, a company spokesperson said that the plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell.
"We are deeply saddened by the news that a small, chartered plane crashed in Dubai yesterday evening and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims’ families. A Honeywell employee was among the four victims," the company said in a statement.
The emirate's government media office reported that all operations at the airport were running smoothly after ‘a slight delay and diversion of some flights as a precautionary measure’.