Abu Dhabi : A light aircraft has crashed in the car park of Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque injuring the pilot, officials said on Monday, blaming a technical malfunction.
“A Cessna light civil single-engine fixed-wing aircraft crashed in the outdoor parking lots of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque due to a technical malfunction. Competent teams immediately rushed to the crash site,” media reported, citing the General Civil Aviation Authority.
A large number of emergency services including the National Search and Rescue Centre, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police and the GCAA, coordinated to secure the crash site.
Officials said no one else was hurt. The aircraft “crashed in an unpopulated area.”
Significantly, Al Bateen airport is in the south of Abu Dhabi island, with the start of the runway less than half a kilometer from the mosque.
It reopened last month, with its runway now able to cater for wide-body aircraft.
The GCAA has confirmed that it will continue investigating the causes and consequences of the accident.