Two including pilot die as small plane crashes near Dubai airport

Deadly plane crash brings world's busiest airport to halt

Four passengers were in the plane.

Authorities gave no explanation for what caused the crash yesterday of the aircraft, a Diamond DA62 with a tail number belonging to Flight Calibrations Service Ltd. of Shoreham, England.

A tweet from the Government of Dubai media office said the plane was owned by the multinational conglomerate Honeywell and crashed due to a technical malfunction.

The company flies staff around the world to inspect and calibrate navigation aids - which include radars and landing systems for airports and airfields. Investigators have been sent to the scene.

Three Britons and a South African have died after the small plane they were flying crashed near Dubai airport.

United States engineering and aerospace company Honeywell said it had hired Flight Calibration Services and the DA42 plane for work in Dubai.

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'The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell.

The airport said it halted flights from 7.36pm until 8.22pm local time due to the crash. "We are waiting for more details", a statement read.

The transit hub put other planes in a holding pattern over the Gulf and over land near the airport, reported The National.

Dubai International is now operating at a reduced capacity because of ongoing work to one of its runways. An investigation team from the GCAA arrived at the scene of the crash and will continue the investigation, the GCAA said.

Large amounts of traffic are being diverted to Dubai World Central, the city's second airport, close to the Expo 2020 site.

The fuel tank of the Boeing 777 exploded in an ensuing blaze, killing firefighter Jassim Al Baloushi, 27, from Ras Al Khaimah.

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