Dubai: Pilot dies after glider crash

Dubai: Pilot dies after glider crash

The General Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed the accident

Skydive Dubai. Photo for illustrative purposes only

By Wam

Published: Sun 4 Sep 2022, 6:41 PM

Last updated: Sun 4 Sep 2022, 10:29 PM

An “amateur-built” motorised paraglider has crashed in Dubai, causing the pilot’s death.

The General Civil Aviation Authority said the glider, which was powered by a paramotor engine, crashed in the Skydive Club area in Margham.

The pilot was from South Africa, authorities said.

The GCAA is investigating the crash.

Paragliders are typically used by hobbyists and enthusiasts to soar over the UAE desert.

Last week, a small civilian aircraft crashed in the parking lot of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque, leaving the pilot injured.

The plane, also said to be amateur-built, was heading to land at Al Bateen Executive Airport, and crashed in an unpopulated area due to a technical malfunction.

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