One of the four people killed in a recent light aircraft crash near Dubai International Airport (DXB) has been named as David Phillips. According to UK media reports, the British national was a former RAF Wing Commander and served as an air traffic control examiner. He reportedly had more than 3,000 hours of flying experience.
The Diamond Aircraft DA62 aircraft, which was operated by a third party employed by US tech giant Honeywell, crashed roughly five kilometres south of DXB.
It has also been reported that the crew, who were employed by Flight Calibration Services, a company based in Kent, were actively working to improve the runway at Dubai’s airport.
"It's with heavy heart that we have to inform you of the death of our Commanding Officer Flt Lt David Phillips. Our heartfelt condolences are with his family at this tragic time,” shared a spokesperson for the 83 St Georges Squadron Air Training Corps, a unit Phillips served with.
Though the investigation into the accident and its cause is still ongoing, initial indications suggest the crash occurred due to a technical malfunction.