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Diamond aircraft testing navaids crashes in Dubai - four dead

Posted 16 May 2019 · Add Comment

An aircraft carrying out testing of navigational aids for Dubai’s main international airport crashed close to DXB killing all four people on board.


The aircraft was reported by the Dubai authorities as being a UK-registered Diamond DA42 that was owned by Shoreham, England – based Flight Calibrations Service (FCS) that was working on a contract with Honeywell. However it is understood that the aircraft could have been one of a pair of DA62 aircraft currently based in the UAE (pictured above)
FCS had announced it had won the flight check contract for the Navaids at Dubai International Airport in November 2018. The company is highly experienced and carries out such calibration work across the region.
Three of those on board were from the UK and one from South Africa.
The four-seater aircraft came down around 7.30pm this evening just 5km from DXB after what the Dubai government described as a "technical malfunction".
The airport - the world's busiest by international traffic - diverted some flights between 7.36pm and 8.22pm as part of its safety and security procedures.
Air traffic at Dubai is already disrupted as the airport’s southern runway is closed for resurfacing and replacement of all its lighting and supporting infrastructure. It should reopen at the end of this month
GCAA air crash investigators are at the scene.
A spokesperson for Honeywell in Dubai said: ““We are deeply saddened by today’s plane crash in Dubai, and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims’ families. The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell. We are waiting for more details.”
 

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