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Published on : Thursday, August 4, 2016
Dubai Media Office announced, that an Emirates Boeing 777, arriving from India, crash-landed at Dubai International Airport. Luckily, there were no casualties and all the passengers have been safely evacuated.
The accident happened at 12.45 pm local time when the aircraft was landing after a three-hour flight from Thiruvananthapuram (Southern India) with 282 passengers and 18 crew on board. All of them have been evacuated, no one has yet been reported having suffered injuries.
“We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe,” Emirates Airline posted on Facebook.
Boeing representatives also praised the crew: “We are thankful all aboard were evacuated safely.”
Even though authorities have not given an official cause of the crash, reports emerged stating, that the aircraft had issues with the landing gear. Images of the airplane suggest that the gear did not fully extend and the aircraft had to land on its belly.
Although there were no casualties among passengers or crew, a firefighter was killed when tackling the fire.
“We pay tribute to the firefighter who lost his life fighting the blaze. We thank all teams that dealt with the incident,” said Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CEO of Emirates.
The aircraft, a Boeing 777-300 registration A6-EMW powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines. The airplane was delivered to Emirates in March 2003. Both the Captain and the First Officer had over seven thousand hours of flying experience each.
In response to the crash, Emirates and Boeing are launching a team and will serve as a technical advisors supporting the investigation led by the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority .
Due to this incident, Dubai International Airport was closed for a few hours afternoon and a number of flights were cancelled, delayed or diverted.
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