M346 crashes on return from Dubai Airshow
UAE air crash investigators are working with the military and Italian government officials following the crash of an Alenia Aeromachhi 346 trainer on its way back to Italy after the Dubai Airshow
The Italian military trainer aircraft - which had been a contender for the UAE airforce trainer - crashed off Palm Deira Island in Dubai on Friday afternoon. Both pilots survived after bailing out.
Dubai police deputy director, Colonel Omer Al Shamsi, told reporters that the plane took off from Dubai International Airport at 12.15pm for Saudi Arabia but its pilot, Captain Giovanni Bingley, lost contact with the Air Control Tower.
Capt Bingley was said to have minor injuries while co-pilot Capt Korino suffered a broken leg
“The causes of the accident are currently being investigated and, in accordance with company procedures, an internal investigation committee has also been set up,” Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi group said in a statement emailed to news agencies.