Three Britons and a South African killed as Dubai aircraft Crashes

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Four people have been killed after a UK-registered light aircraft crashed near Dubai International Airport.

Three Britons and a South African national were said to be on board of the four- seat planed owned by Honeywell, a Flight Calibration Service which is based at Shoreham Airport, in West Sussex.

The Diamond DA42 twin propeller plane was said to have come down about three miles south of the airport on Thursday night.

According to local media reports, the plane came down at approximately 19:30 local time, killing a pilot, a co-pilot and two passengers. Flights were delayed and diverted as the airport – one of the world’s busiest, based on international passenger traffic – was closed for 45 minutes.

A spokesman for the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are working closely with the Emirate authorities following reports of a small aircraft crash in Dubai.”

In a statement, Honeywell said: “We are deeply saddened by today’s plane crash in Dubai, and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims’ families.”

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