Possible cause of Dubai plane crash revealed

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A small plane that crashed in Dubai last month killing all four people on board was following other aircraft too closely.

That's according to a preliminary investigation from the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), which said inconsistency in air traffic control advice could have played a role in the incident.

The UK-registered DA42 aircraft crashed on May 16 near the Dubai International Airport.

The report revealed that the plane was 3.7 nautical miles behind a Thai Airways Airbus A350-900, which the GCAA says was not a safe distance.

The four-seater plane was on a mission to calibrate terrestrial navigation systems at the airport. 

All crew members, three British nationals and one South African, were killed. 

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