A small plane crashed south of Dubai airport killing three Britons and one South African, Reuters reported the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority saying in a statement yesterday.
The four-seat plane, a DA42 registered in the United Kingdom, was on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport, the statement said.
Government of Dubai Media Office: An accident involving a small plane with 4 passengers occurred resulting in the death of the pilot and his assistant. The relevant teams are on the scene. pic.twitter.com/HVX9tJrKYp
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 16, 2019
The plane crashed at approximately 7:30pm local time (3.30pm GMT) three miles south of Dubai International Airport.
An investigation is underway. Air traffic at the airport has returned to normal, it said.
An UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: “We are working closely with the Emirati authorities following reports of a small aircraft crash in Dubai.”