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DUBAI, UAE: An amateur-built glider powered by a “Paramotor” engine crashed in the Marghem area of Dubai, killing its South African pilot, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) tweeted on Sunday.

Initial reports suggested the glider crashed in the area of the Skydive Dubai club, however, in a statement released Tuesday, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said  Sunday’s crash  “in Margham-Dubai was not within the premises of the Skydive Club,” the statement went on to add that “the incident has nothing to do with the Club or its facilities or operations.”

An investigation was launched immediately after the crash by the GCAA’s Air Accident Investigation Division, which is still ongoing.

Last week, a single-motor passenger plane crashed in a parking lot in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi due to a “technical malfunction,” causing one injury.

  • DISCLOSURE: This story has been updated after new information into the incident was released by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) via state news agency WAM.

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