Wake turbulence from landing Airbus A350 may have caused Dubai plane crash

French investigators say video footage shows light aircraft encountered 'possible wake turbulence' at about 1,100ft
Crash, Dubai airport, Plane, Accident


The crash of a light aircraft near Dubai International Airport, in which four people were killed, may have been caused by turbulence, according to a preliminary report.

The four-seater DA-62, which crashed about 5km south of the airport on May 16, may have been hit by turbulence from the wake of another aircraft, said a statement on the website of the Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety, citing video footage evidence.

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A statement on its website said: "A Diamond DA-62 aircraft, registration mark G-MDME, was involved in a fatal accident while on approach to runway 30L of Dubai International Airport for a ground navigation equipment inspection flight.

"Video footage showed the aircraft encountered possible wake turbulence at about 1,100ft, following an Airbus A350, which landed on the parallel runway 30R."

Three Brits and a South African were killed in the crash. The investigation is being led by the UAE's civil aviation authority.

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William Blackburn, a 26-year-old pilot from the Isle of Man, UK, and former RAF wing commander David Phillips were confirmed as two of these. 

The Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety is an agency of the French government, responsible for investigating aviation accidents and incidents and making safety recommendations.

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