Four dead as small plane crashes in Dubai

Deadly plane crash brings world's busiest airport to halt

Four dead in plane crash at world's busiest airport

A small plane involved in upgrading a runway at Dubai International Airport crashed Thursday night, killing four people and halting traffic at the world's busiest airport for international travel for almost an hour.

A small aircraft conducting navigation surveillance work has crashed near Dubai International Airport, killing all four people on board.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "We are working closely with the Emirati authorities following reports of a small aircraft crash in Dubai".

Four people have been killed during a plane crash near Dubai airport, involving a UK-registered small DA42 plane.

The firm flies staff around the world to inspect and calibrate navigation aids - which include radars and landing systems for airports and airfields. An investigation team from the GCAA arrived at the scene of the crash and will continue the investigation, the GCAA said.

Operations were affected between 7.36 pm and 8.22 pm UAE local time, after which flights resumed from the airport. "The relevant teams are on the scene".

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The Government of Dubai Media Office tweeted an image of a small plane with the registration G-MDME in its initial announcement of the crash.

Dubai International is now operating at a reduced capacity because of ongoing work to one of its runways.

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

The victims include three United Kingdom nationals and a South African, GCAA said in a statement.

Dubai International Airport is the world's busiest when measured by international passenger traffic. A Honeywell employee was among the four victims.

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