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Plane crash near Dubai International Airport kills four

Plane crash near Dubai International Airport kills four

The Diamond Aircraft DA62 aircraft crashed three miles south of the worldwide airport according to the Dubai media office.

Dubai International Airport, home to the long-haul carrier Emirates, is the world's busiest airport for international travel and a popular hub for Australians travelling to Europe and the Middle East.

It is unclear whether the plane was taking off or landing when the tragedy unfolded.

The report said the small DA42 plane was owned by Flight Calibration Services Limited, a company based out of Shoreham Airport.

Passengers have been delayed and flights have been diverted from Dubai International Airport after a fatal plane crash. "The relevant teams are on the scene", the Dubai Media office tweeted.

The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority said all four people on board, three British and one South African, were killed in the crash.

Dubai International has one of the safest records of any major airport.

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A file image of a Diamond DA42 from the manufacturer's website.

"Active safety features help to avoid accidents in the first place, the first and most important line of defence".

The airport said it halted flights from 7.36pm until 8.22pm local time due to the crash.

One of those who died worked for United Kingdom firm Honeywell.

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".

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".