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Italian military jet crashes off coast of Dubai

Crew successfully ejected before crash; investigation launched.
M346 military jets, similar to the one that crashed off the coast of Dubai. (Photo: Alenia Aermacchi - for illustrative purposes only)
M346 military jets, similar to the one that crashed off the coast of Dubai. (Photo: Alenia Aermacchi - for illustrative purposes only)

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An Italian military aircraft crashed off the coast of Dubai on Friday and an investigation has been launched into the cause of the accident, the owner of the aircraft has confirmed.

Alenia Aermacchi, a unit of Finmeccanica told Arabian Business in a statement that the on board crew successfully ejected and "no serious injuries" were sustained.

A company spokesperson said: "The causes of the accident are currently being investigated and, in accordance with company procedures, an internal investigation committee has also been set up.

"Alenia Aermacchi representatives are co-operating closely with the local authorities, through the Italian embassy in the United Arab Emirates."

The prototype M-346 aircraft crashed while flying back to Italy after appearing at the Dubai Airshow.

"The on-board crew successfully ejected from the aircraft, and no serious injuries were reported," the company added in a statement.

A source at Dubai Police told state news agency WAM that the plane took off from Dubai International Airport at 12.30pm bound for Saudi Arabia, but contact was lost shortly afterwards. It added that the co-pilot sustained a leg fracture.
 

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