UAE Prez`s brother still missing, 4 days after plane crash

Rescue workers searched frantically for the powerful younger brother of UAE`s President, four days after his glider plane crashed into a lake in Morocco.

Dubai: Rescue workers searched frantically
for the powerful younger brother of UAE`s President, four days
after his glider plane crashed into a lake in Morocco.

Rescue teams from the UAE are still searching for Sheikh
Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the managing director of Abu Dhabi
Investment Authority (ADIA), who is missing since the crash on
Friday.

According to reports rescue teams alongside international
search teams are facing `challenging` conditions as they
continue to search for the Sheikh.

The Sheikh`s glider crashed into a lake near the Sidi
Mohammed bin Abdullah Dam near Rabat.

UAE`s rescue team told news agency WAM that due to the
nature of the terrain, survey and tracking efforts were
`especially challenging`.

The pilot of the glider who was rescued after the crash
is now in a stable condition.

The aircraft of Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, the
younger brother of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the
UAE, crashed into a reservoir 10 km south of the Moroccan
capital Rabat on Friday.

Born in 1968, Sheikh Ahmed was ranked No 27 on Forbes
list of the world`s most powerful people last year.

"Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahayan... was in a crash of a
glider which was airborne in Morocco. The pilot was rescued
and is in good condition. The search for His Highness is still
continuing," it was reported on Friday.

His sovereign wealth fund is believed to have assets of
around USD 500-700 billion, ranging from Citigroup bonds to a
stake in Britain`s Gatwick airport to residential property in
major cities.

Few details have emerged about the accident except that
the pilot of the craft was rescued after it crashed near Sidi
Mohamed Ben Abdallah Dam.

ADIA is one of the world`s largest investors.

Sheikh Ahmed, the son of UAE`s founder President Sheikh
Zayed, is also the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the
Zayed Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works.

In 2008, his elder brother, Sheikh Nasser bin Zayed
Al-Nayahan had died when his helicopter crashed into the Gulf.

PTI

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