4 dead as plane crashes in Dubai

Deadly plane crash brings world's busiest airport to halt

Deadly plane crash brings world's busiest airport to halt

Passengers have been delayed and flights have been diverted from Dubai International Airport after a fatal plane crash.

The plane's tail number belongs to Flight Calibrations Service based in the UK, AP reported.

The small Diamond Aircraft, owned by USA tech giant Honeywell, crashed due to a technical malfunction, it said.

An investigation has begun and "relevant teams are on the scene", the Dubai Media Office tweeted.

The four-seater plane crashed while on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems three miles to the south of Dubai International Airport, with all crew members, three British, and one South African, killed, said the GCAA in a statement released Thursday evening.

Flight Calibrations Service announced in November it signed a contract to work on the airport's "navaids", the beacons around an airport that show pilots where runways are and how to land on them.

According to the Dubai media office, Honeywell - a US-based multinational involved in engineering and aerospace systems - said: "The plane was not owned or operated by Honeywell but by a third party engaged by Honeywell".

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Air traffic at the airport has returned to normal, it said. "We are waiting for more details", a statement read.

Camera IconDubai International Airport from outer space.

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

Flights were reportedly delayed and diverted as the airport - one of the world's busiest, based on worldwide passenger traffic - was closed for 45 minutes.

Police and flight crash investigation vehicles near the site of the incident in Dubai.

The city-state's last major aircraft incident happened on August 3, 2016.

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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