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Al Ain plane crash report expected by Sunday

Initial findings from crash site investigators expected on accident.
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The preliminary findings of a probe to determine the cause of a plane crash in Al Ain airport on Sunday that killed four could be released as early as Sunday, Arabian Business has learned.

A spokesperson for the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority said initial findings from the crash site in Abu Dhabi’s second airport could be announced in four days.

The small passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff at round 8pm, killing all four American nationals on board.

Conflicting witness reports from onlookers at Al Ain airport variously said the plane appeared to catch fire in midair, before crashing on to the taxiway, or that the plane ignited on impact.

All four passengers died in the subsequent fire, Al Ain International Airport said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority told Arabian Business that no onlookers were hurt in the incident.

“The airport fire and rescue services responded immediately and the accident site was secured by the Al Ain Police,” the GCAA said in a statement.

The operator of the Grumman 21T aircraft, which was en route to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has been identified as Triple S Aviation.

TSA, a Texas-based aircraft service company with a branch office in Dubai, operates private charters including business aircraft and helicopters.

The privately-held company has not responded to calls or emails.

Al Ain International Airport is Abu Dhabi’s second airport, with one 4,000m runway and a parallel 4,000m taxiway.

Six airlines operate from the airport, including Royal Jordanian, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines and Midex Airlines.

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