Pictured: Ex-RAF commander who died alongside two other Britons and a South African when their plane crashed in Dubai
- David Phillips identified as one of three Britons killed in Dubai plane crash
- Former RAF wing commander had more than 3,000 hours of flying experience
- A South African was also on board the small aircraft when it crashed last week
- Plane crew were helping to upgrade runway at Dubai airport when they perished
One of the Britons killed in a plane crashed near Dubai airport last week has been identified as a former RAF wing commander.
David Phillips, thought to be from the north east, served as an air traffic control examiner and had more than 3,000 hours of flying experience
He died on Thursday last week alongside two other Britons and a South African when their Diamond Aircraft DA62 aircraft fell from the sky in the UAE.
David Phillips, a former RAF wing commander, has been identified as one of the three Britons killed in the UAE last week when their plane crashed near Dubai airport
Mr Phillips was an air traffic control examiner, served as a Commanding Officer in the Air Training Corps and had more than 3,000 hours of flying experience
The 83 St George’s Squadron ATC paid tribute to Mr Phillips – who was affectionately known as Spot – following his death
The crew, who were employed by Flight Calibration Services, based in Kent, were working to improve the runway at Dubai’s airport when tragedy struck.
Tributes to Mr Phillips – who was affectionately known as ‘Spot’ – have been paid online, including by the 83 St Georges Squadron Air Training Corps.
A spokesman for the corps wrote: ‘It’s with heavy heart that we have to inform you of the death of our Commanding Officer Flt Lt David Phillips.
‘Our heartfelt condolences are with his family at this tragic time.’
Initial indications suggest the crash was the result of a technical malfunction, though an investigation is sill underway.
The two-year-old aircraft had been operating out of the Middle East since October.
Dubai’s international airport is one of the world’s busiest aviation hubs.
The crashed aircraft, a Diamond DA62, pictured, was owned by Flight Calibration Services. The company won a competition to calibrate the navigation aids at Dubai Aiport in November
The aircraft was calibrating navigation equipment at Dubai international airport, pictured
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: ‘We are working closely with the Emirati authorities following reports of a small aircraft crash in Dubai.’
US engineering and aerospace company Honeywell said it had hired Flight Calibration Services and the DA42 plane for work in Dubai.
In a statement, Honeywell said: ‘We are deeply saddened by today’s plane crash in Dubai, and our heartfelt condolences are with the victims’ families.’