Two confirmed dead in cargo plane crash near Dubai (UPDATE-3)
Editor's note: Adds confirmation of deaths
A United Parcel Services (UPS) cargo plane crashed Friday evening near Dubai as it was taking off for Germany. Officials in the emirate said two people died in the incident, dpa reported.
The United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority confirmed that "the bodies of two pilots were found" at the crash site.
"The concerned authorities are conducting the necessary investigations to identify the cause of the crash," a GCAA statement read.
A 747-400 type cargo plane heading from Dubai to Cologne, Germany "with two crew members on board crashed on take-off," said UPS in a statement on its website, declining to confirm the casualty reports.
"Our thoughts go out to the crew members involved in the incident and their families," said UPS Airline and International Operations Manager Bob Lekites.
The crash took place in an "uninhabited district in Dubai," the WAM official news agency in the UAE reported.
The scene of the accident was about 30 kilometres away from where a Sudanese cargo plane crashed shortly after take-off from Sharjah airport last October, killing six staff on board.
Firefighters and other emergency service personnel were at the scene of the UPS crash, about 18 kilometres outside the city-state's international airport.
Local reports said the plane went down at about 7:45 pm (1545 GMT) and placed the crash beside a major artery, the Al-Ain Dubai Highway.
Witnesses, speaking with The National newspaper, said a "fireball" erupted from the crash site, though conflicting earlier reports made it unclear if a fire had ignited on board the plane prior to its hitting the ground.