Three Britons, one South African killed in plane crash near Dubai - Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

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A small plane crashed just south of Dubai on Thursday killing all four people on board, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced.

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

The four-seat UK-registered plane crashed three miles to the south of Dubai International Aiport while on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport. It was operated by a third party engaged by the American conglomerate, Honeywell.

Honeywell said in a statement that they "are very saddened by today's crash in Dubai, and our heartfelt condolences are with the victim's families."

Operations at Dubai International Airport were suspended from 7.36 pm to 8:22 pm UAE local time, Dubai Airports said in a tweet, but air traffic at the airport has now returned to normal.

A team has reached the scene of the crash to investigate the incident.