Dubai plane crash: Emirates flight EK 521 bursts into flames on crash-landing .
Dubai Plane Crash
An Emirates flight with more than 300 people on board, including 24 Britons, has dramatically crash-landed and burst into flames at Dubai International Airport.
The Boeing 777 appeared to have landed on its belly, and images showed thick black smoke rising into the sky.
Emirates chairman Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum paid tribute to the firefighter who lost his life fighting the blaze.
Emirates said it was expecting an eight-hour network-wide delay following the “operational incident”.
Thirteen people had suffered minor injuries.
Flights to and from the airport are suspend for several hours.
The captain and the first officer have over 7,000 hours of flying experience each, the airline said.
The Boeing 777-300 run from the southern Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) at 10.19am local time.
It was carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew when it arrived in Dubai around 12.45pm local time.
The crew were making a normal, rather than an emergency approach,
while air traffic controllers told them to abandon the landing and start climbing again, for unknown reasons.
The answers should come out in the next few days also.
Whatever the cause, it is a testament to the crew that they got everyone off the plane too.
- Concerned family and friends of those on board in the UK can call Emirates telephone line: 00442034508853.you can contect on Emirates website also.
- Most of all people are evacuating safely on board flight EK521.
- 282 passengers and 18 crew on board including 24 Britons.
- All passengers and crew safely evacuated, and some reports of injuries.
Boeing has published the following statement:
“Boeing is aware of the Emirates Airline Flight EK521 accident in Dubai. We are thankful all aboard were evacuated safely. A Boeing technical team is standing by to launch in support of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.”
In accordance with the international protocol governing aviation accident investigations, all inquiries about the investigation must be directed to the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority.
Our team is monitoring the situation in Dubai and we'll be working with @emirates to gather more information.
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) August 3, 2016