Three British citizens and one South African perished in a deadly plane crash that occurred south of Dubai International Airport (DXB) yesterday evening, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced.
The crew were aboard a DA42 4-seat plane while on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport, the GCCA said in a statement. The plane was registered in the UK.
While some reports have stated that Honeywell, the American engineering and aviation conglomerate, owned the plane, the US company has clarified otherwise.
“We are deeply saddened by today’s plane crash in Dubai, and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims’ families,” the company said in a statement it sent to AMEinfo “The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell. We are waiting for more details.”
According to the BBC, the plane was owned by Flight Calibration Services, which is based at Shoreham Airport, in West Sussex.
“The firm flies staff around the world to inspect and calibrate navigation aids – which include radars and landing systems for airports and airfield,” the British news portal continued.
According to the Diamond website, the DA42 plane “is easy to fly and burns fuel like a single, but with the added safety of a second engine.”
“The DA42, which has an all-carbon airframe, has a maximum speed of 226mph, can operate at a maximum altitude of 18,000ft and weighs 1,410kg, according to the Diamond website,” the Guardian reported
Following the crash, operations at DXB were suspended for 46 minutes, between 19:36 to 20:22 UAE local time, a DXB spokesperson told the Khaleej Times.
The identities of the victims have not yet been disclosed to the public. The GCCA has confirmed that an investigation is underway.
The most recent plane crash to shake up the regional Middle East aviation scene was the Ethiopian Airlines crash back during the 10th of March, 2019. It involved the now infamous Boeing 737 MAX-8 jet that was involved with another crash last year, both owing to a technical fault with the this Boeing make. This model will constitute the majority of flydubai’s fleet in coming years, with the company having put a $27 billion order for the 737 line.