Aircraft that crashed and killed three Britons may have had turbulence caused by Airbus A350 & # 39; in Dubai
A light aircraft that crashed in the murder of three Britons could have caused turbulence due to a passing Airbus A350 landing in Dubai, according to a preliminary report.
William Blackburn, a pilot, David Phillips, a former RAF wing commander, as well as another Brit and a South African died on May 16 when their Diamond DA62 crashed at Dubai Airport.
The twin engine propeller aircraft may have & # 39; wake turbulence & # 39; encountered by a Thai Airways A350, according to a statement from the Bureau of Surveys et d & # 39; Analyzes (BEA).
The civil aviation agency calls video images with the smaller plane at 1100 ft after the A350 – a 300-seater jet – that landed on the runway.
The crashed plane, a depicted Diamond DA62, may be & # 39; wake turbulence & # 39; encountered and was seen after a Thai Airways Airbus A350 landed at Dubai Airport on 16 May
Stock image of a Thai Airways airbus A350 – the smaller plane was seen flying behind the commercial jet as it came to land in about 1,100 feet
Wack turbulence manifests itself as wingtip vortices and jetwash – the latter refers to gases driven by jet engines that cause volatile turbulence; the former to the paths of varying pressure left by the wings of an aircraft, less chaotic but longer lasting.
BEA & # 39; s resume their preliminary report simply states: "A Diamond DA-62 aircraft, registration mark G-MDME, was involved in a fatal accident while on approaching the runway 30L from Dubai International Airport for an inspection of the ground navigation equipment.
& # 39; Video clips show that the aircraft may have encountered wake turbulence at around 1100 ft, after an Airbus A350, which landed on the parallel runway 30R. & # 39;
Earlier this month Blackman, from the Isle of Man, was described by his family as a & # 39; beautiful soul & # 39 ;.
He had already told them a few days before the crash: & # 39; If I die during the flight, at least I will die what I love. & # 39;
In a statement to the local Manx Radio station, the family said: “We were blessed with the most beautiful soul and touched so many hearts.
& # 39; We now have all our wonderful memories to cherish, and so much support to get us through. The community of the island is just amazing. We were lucky to have him in our lives. & # 39;
The other British victim, Mr. Phillips, from Newcastle served as an air traffic controller with the Air Force and had more than 3,000 hours of flight experience before he died.
William Blackburn, a pilot from the Isle of Man, was described by his family as a & # 39; beautiful soul & # 39;
Mr. Blackburn (in the middle, with his family) was described as & # 39; a beautiful soul that touched many hearts & # 39 ;, and who said that dying in an airplane would mean & # 39; die doing what I love & # 39;
Tribute to Mr. Phillips – affectionately known as & # 39; Spot & # 39; – was paid online, including by the 83 St Georges Squadron Air Training Corps.
A corps spokesperson wrote: & # 39; It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you about the death of our commanding officer Flt Lt David Phillips.
& # 39; Our sincere condolences to his family in this tragic time. & # 39;
A third Briton and the South African who died were not mentioned.
The crew, who were employed by Flight Calibration Services, based in Kent, worked on improving the runway at Dubai airport when the tragedy struck.
The first indications suggest that the crash was the result of a technical malfunction, although an investigation is ongoing.
The two-year-old aircraft has been operating from the Middle East since October.
Dubai International Airport is one of & # 39; the world's busiest aviation hubs.
David Phillips, a former commander of the RAF wing, was identified earlier this month as one of the three British killed in the United Arab Emirates when their aircraft crashed near Dubai Airport.
David Phillips was an air traffic control examiner, served as commanding officer in the Air Training Corps and had more than 3,000 hours of flight experience
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: & # 39; We are working closely with the Emirates authorities following reports of a minor aircraft accident in Dubai. & # 39;
The American engineering and aviation company Honeywell said it had rented flight calibration services and the DA62 aircraft for work in Dubai.
In a statement, Honeywell said: & We are deeply saddened by today's plane crash in Dubai and our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. & # 39;
Thai Airways did not respond to requests from MailOnline for comments.
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