DUBAI 6 September 2022: An amateur-built glider powered by a ‘Paramotor’ engine crashed Sunday in the Skydive Club area in Margham, in the emirate of Dubai, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said.
The GCAA’s Air Accident Investigation Division immediately launched a probe into the incident, which resulted in the death of the glider’s South African pilot, said Wam.
Last Wednesday, GCAA, in coordination with the competent authorities, announced
due to a technical malfunction. Competent teams immediately rushed to the crash site.
In a statement, GCAA said that preliminary investigations showed that the accident was caused by a technical malfunction while the amateur-built plane was heading to land at Al Bateen Executive Airport, and crashed in an unpopulated area. As a result of the accident, the pilot was injured and rushed to the hospital for necessary treatment and monitoring.
All concerned teams, including the National Search and Rescue Centre, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police and the GCAA, coordinated to secure the crash site. The concerned authorities affirmed that the safety of civilians is their top priority.
The GCAA said that it will continue investigating the causes and consequences of the incident.
The authorities urged the public to obtain information from official sources only, and to avoid spreading rumours.