Three British people and a South African were killed on Thursday in a plane crash close to Dubai airport, the United Arab Emirates' state news agency reported.
The UK-registered Diamond Aircraft (DA42) went down five kilometers (three miles) south of the international hub, WAM said, citing civil aviation authorities.
“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 news agency said.
An earlier report by the emirate’s government media office said the pilot and co-pilot of a small plane had been killed.
The aircraft, owned by US tech giant Honeywell, crashed due to a technical malfunction, according to Dubai Media Office.
Honeywell, however, later clarified that it did not own the plane.
“We are deeply saddened by today’s plane crash in Dubai, and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims’ families. The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell. We are waiting for more details,” a statement read.
It added that all operations at the airport were running smoothly after “a slight delay and diversion of some flights as a precautionary measure”.
Dubai’s international airport is one of the world's busiest aviation hubs.
An investigation team from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) arrived at the scene of the crash.
The GCAA said air traffic at the airport is back to normal, adding that it will continue the investigation and provide updates on the progress.
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