At least four people died in a crash involving a small plane on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the Dubai International Airport (DXB), the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced on Thursday evening.
The UK-registered DA42 plane had four crew members – three British and one South African on board when the incident happened three miles to the south of DXB.
It said the aircraft came down about 5km south of the airport. Officials said two were pilots and suggested two were passengers.
Dubai International Airport – the world’s busiest by international traffic – diverted some flights between 7.36pm and 8.22pm.
The transit hub put other planes in a holding pattern over the Gulf and over land near the airport.
The circumstances of the accident are not yet known, nor is it clear if their aircraft was taking off or landing when it happened.