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UPDATE: Initial Al Ain plane crash report expected by Sunday

Early findings from crash site investigators expected on accident that killed four American nationals

UPDATE: Initial Al Ain plane crash report expected by Sunday
(ITP Images - for illustrative purposes only)

The preliminary findings of a probe to determine the cause
of a plane crash in Al Ain airport on Sunday that killed four could be released
as early as Sunday, Arabian Business has learned.

A spokesperson for the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority
said initial findings from the crash site in Abu Dhabi’s second airport could
be announced in four days.

The small passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff at
round 8pm, killing all four American nationals on board.

Conflicting witness reports from onlookers at Al Ain airport
variously said the plane appeared to catch fire in midair, before crashing on to
the taxiway, or that the plane ignited on impact.

All four passengers died in the subsequent fire, Al Ain
International Airport said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority
told Arabian Business that no onlookers were hurt in the incident.

“The airport fire and rescue services responded immediately
and the accident site was secured by the Al Ain Police,” the GCAA said in a

The operator of the Grumman 21T aircraft, which was en route
to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has been identified as Triple S Aviation.

TSA, a Texas-based aircraft service company with a branch
office in Dubai, operates private charters including business aircraft and

The privately-held company has not responded to calls or

Al Ain International Airport is Abu Dhabi’s second airport,
with one 4,000m runway and a parallel 4,000m taxiway.

Six airlines operate from the airport, including Royal
Jordanian, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines and Midex Airlines.

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