A small plane crashed this Wednesday in the parking lot of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi in an incident attributed to a technical failure and in which only the pilot of the device was injured, reported the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority.

According to this agency, the device, a single-engine, fixed-wing Cessna, suffered the failure while heading towards a nearby private airfield and fell in an uninhabited area, Civil Aviation said in a statement quoted by the official Emirati news agency, WAM. .

“As a result of the accident, the pilot was injured and was rushed to hospital for necessary treatment and observation,” the agency added.

The authority responsible for the regulation and management of the air sector in the Arab country indicated that it was continuing to investigate the causes and consequences of this accident.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in a central area of ​​Abu Dhabi, it is one of the largest in the world (it has capacity for around 40,000 people) and it is one of the most important monuments in the Emirati capital.

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