The government’s Dubai Media Office tweeted that the plane had at least four people on board. It said the pilot and his assistant were killed. It did not elaborate on the cause of the accident.
Government of Dubai Media Office: An accident involving a small plane with 4 passengers occurred resulting in the death of the pilot and his assistant. The relevant teams are on the scene. pic.twitter.com/HVX9tJrKYp— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 16, 2019
Dubai International Airport, home to the long-haul carrier Emirates, is the world’s busiest airport for international travel.
The airport said that it halted flights from 7:36pm until 8:22pm local time over the crash.
Dubai is a major city in the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula.
The pilot and co-pilot of a small plane were killed in a crash Thursday, causing delays at Dubai airport, the emirate’s government media office said.
“An accident involving a small plane with four passengers occurred resulting in the death of the pilot and his assistant,” it said in a statement.
The small Diamond Aircraft, owned by US tech giant Honeywell, crashed due to a technical malfunction, it said.
“All operations at the Dubai airport are running smoothly after a slight delay and diversion of some flights as a precautionary measure to ensure security,” it added.
Dubai’s international airport is one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs.