Christopher Stone named as fourth fatality in Dubai small-plane crash

The father-of-one was described as a "lovely person who was always smiling"

Christ Stone died in a small plane crash in dubai. The family of Chris Stone
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The fourth person who died in a Dubai plane crash earlier this month has been named by his family as British man Christopher Stone.

A father-of-one, he was described as a “lovely person, always laughing and smiling”.

Mr Stone joined the UK’s Royal Air Force aged 16 and spent most of his life around aeroplanes, his family said.

Mr Stone was resident in Malaysia where is daughter, Iesha, lives.

“The family is devastated by what has happened and are struggling to come to terms with the fact that we will never see Chris again.

“United in grief, we send our love to the other families involved and like them, we ask for the chance to mourn in peace.

Another two Britons and one South African died in the accident on May 16.

Initial investigations has shown that the four-seater, twin-engine plane had “encountered possible wake turbulence”. The Diamond DA42 aircraft came down at roughly 7.30pm near Dubai’s Mushrif Park.

“Video footage showed the aircraft encountered possible wake turbulence at about 1,100 ft [335m], following an Airbus A350, which landed on the parallel runway 30R,” said a statement released by the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses, a Civil Aviation Safety agency responsible for investigations.

The Airbus A350 was operated by Thai Airways and capable of carrying up to 300 people.

The other two British nationals to die have been named as former RAF wing commander David Phillips and William Blackburn, a first officer at Flight Calibration Services, the Sussex-based owner of the plane.

South African Fritz Venter, a married father-of-one, also died in the crash.

Dubai International has one of the strongest safety records of any major airport and the worlds busiest by international traffic.