A jumbo jet belonging to US courier United Parcel Services crashed on Friday evening near Dubai airport, killing both crew members, civil aviation officials said. "The bodies of two of the pilots of the plane," a Boeing 747-400, were found at the scene at the crash, the official UAE news agency WAM quoted a brief civil aviation statement as saying.
It said "measures were taken to contain the fire which broke out on board."
Earlier reports had indicated the plane had crashed in an unpopulated area, but AFP said it had come down inside a military base near Dubai's Emirates Road. An Emirati official was quoted as saying by AFP that the accident "has not affected air traffic in Dubai or road transport."
The aircraft had taken off with two crew members from Dubai for Cologne, Germany, UPS said in a statement on its website. "This incident is very unfortunate and we will do everything to find the cause," the statement quoted Bob Lekites, UPS' international operations manager, as saying. Witnesses also reported seeing the plane on fire before it crashed.