Friday, May 17, 2019

Small Plane Crashes Near Dubai Airport, Killing Four People

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A small plane involved in upgrading a runway at Dubai International Airport crashed Thursday night, atleast four people dies and halting traffic at the world's busiest airport for international travel for nearly an hour.

The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority said all four people on board, three British citizens and one South African, were killed in the crash that took place 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of the airport.

The aircraft is owned by the US tech giant Honeywell. A statement released after the crash stated that the aircraft was on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport.

A spokesman said: "All operations at the Dubai airport are running smoothly after a slight delay and diversion of some flights as a precautionary measure to ensure security."

The city-state’s last major aircraft incident happened on Aug. 3, 2016. An Emirates Boeing 777-300 coming from Thiruvananthapuram, India, crash landed, but no lives were lost among its 300 passengers and crew. A firefighter was killed in a subsequent explosion of Flight EK521.



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