Dubai: Glider crash that killed pilot did not occur at Skydive Club facilities, says aviation authority

Investigations are still ongoing to find out cause of accident

Image used for illustration. KT file
Image used for illustration. KT file

By Web Desk

Published: Tue 6 Sep 2022, 9:02 PM

Last updated: Tue 6 Sep 2022, 10:19 PM

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in UAE on Tuesday announced that the glider crash that took place on Sunday morning in Margham-Dubai was not within the premises of the Skydive Club.

The authority said that the incident had nothing to do with the Club or its facilities or operations. GCAA offered sincere condolences and sympathy to the deceased South African pilot's family.

In its clarification today, GCAA stated that the investigations are still underway to identify the causes behind the incident.

Last Wednesday, a glider hurtled into the parking lot of Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Mosque, injuring the pilot. The plane, also said to be amateur-built, was heading to land at Al Bateen Executive Airport and crashed in an unpopulated area due to a technical malfunction.

Authorities are still investigating the "technical malfunction" that led to the crash of that single-engine aircraft.


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