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Published on : Wednesday, August 3, 2016
An Emirates Airline flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai with 300 people on board caught fire at Dubai International Airport after it crash-landed. Emirates confirmed on its Twitter handle that an incident happened at Dubai International airport on 3 August at about 12.45 pm local time.
Emirates airline said there were 282 passengers and 18 crew on board from 20 nationalities, most of them Indian, with 24 people with British nationality and 11 from the UAE. A spokesperson for the Dubai media office, which represents the Emirate’s government, said flight EK521 was arriving on schedule from India when it “crash-landed”. No injuries were reported and all passengers were evacuated safely.
The air traffic control recordings reminded the crew of the Boeing 777 to lower the landing gear as it approached. Shortly afterwards, the crew announced they were aborting the landing to “go around” – a routine procedure for which pilots are well trained – but the aircraft came to rest near the end of the runway instead.
A statement said that there are no fatalities for sure and all passengers and crew are accounted for and safe. Full co-operation to authorities and emergency services managing the situation were extended to the passengers.
All departures and arrivals were temporarily suspended at Dubai International Airport and Emirates said it expected a network-wide delay lasting eight hours.