Small plane crashes near Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque, pilot injured
The Cessna single-engine plane was approaching an exclusive airport for private jets in the UAE capital's centre when it came down near the white marble landmark, the country's biggest mosque.
General Civil Aviation Authority, in coordination with relevant authorities, stated the crash of a small civilian aircraft on the external parking lot of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.— NCEMA UAE (@NCEMAUAE) August 31, 2022
"As a result of the accident, the pilot was injured and rushed to the hospital for necessary treatment and monitoring," the General Civil Aviation Authority said, according to the official WAM news agency.
"Preliminary investigations showed that the accident was caused by a technical malfunction" while the plane was coming in to land, the GCAA added.
Abu Dhabi was on high alert in January after a series of missile and drone attacks by rebels in Yemen. The UAE is a member of the coalition fighting the Iran-backed insurgents.
Three oil workers were killed in an attack on January 17 - the first deadly assault in the UAE claimed by the Huthi rebels - before two similar attempts were thwarted in consecutive weeks.