Dubai International Airport diverts flights after plane incident

Dubai International Airport diverts flights after plane incident

According to the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates, there were three people of British nationality and one of South African nationality inside the aircraft.

"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".

A spokesman for the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are working closely with the Emirati authorities following reports of a small aircraft crash in Dubai".

Flights were reportedly delayed and diverted as the airport - one of the world's busiest, based on global passenger traffic - was closed for 45 minutes. Investigators have been sent to the scene.

Operations were affected between 7.36 pm and 8.22 pm UAE local time, after which flights resumed from the airport.

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The plane is owned by Honeywell, which provides engineering services and aerospace systems, and is registered to Flight Calibrations Service Ltd, based in Shoreham in West Sussex, the AP news agency reported.

"We are deeply saddened by today's plane crash in Dubai, and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims' families", the statement said.

Honeywell, however, later clarified that it did not own the plane. We are waiting for more details'.

It confirmed that an "accident involving a small plane with four passengers occurred" and some flights were diverted as a "precautionary measure to ensure security".

The last major aircraft incident in Dubai happened in August 2016, when an Emirates Boeing 777-300 crash landed after flying in from Thiruvananthapuram, India.

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