VIDEO: Emirates Airline flight crash-lands at Dubai airport
An Emirates Airline flight coming from India crash-landed and burst into flames at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday (August 3).
Dubai Airports confirmed that Emirates airline flight EK521 arriving from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of south Indian state of Kerala, was involved in an incident during landing at DXB at 12.45pm.
The plane departed at 10.19am from Trivandrum International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50pm at Dubai International Airport.
Emirates Airline initially said there had been a total of 275 passengers and crew aboard the plane, a Boeing 777-300 delivered to the airline in 2003, but later updated that number to 282 passengers and 18 crew, adding that there were no reported casualties yet.
Video purportedly showed a tower of flame bursting from the front of the aircraft, and then a thick black plume of smoke rising into the sky.
Photographs posted on social media showed a plane lying crumpled on its belly on the tarmac with black smoke pouring from its upper section.
The Twitter account of live air traffic monitor Flightradar24 said takeoffs and landings at Dubai had been suspended because of the incident, adding that the plane involved was a Boeing 777-300 A6-EMW. The flight involved was EK521 coming from Thiruvananthapuram, it said.
ARRIVALS, DEPARTURES SUSPENDED
Operator Dubai Airports said all arrivals and departures at Dubai International had been suspended until further notice and an update on the status of operations at the airport would be issued at 5 p.m. (1300 GMT).
The live arrivals page on Dubai Airports’ website showed that no flights had arrived or landed at any of the airport’s three terminals since about the time of the incident at 0845 GMT.
According to air traffic control recordings cited by Aviation Herald, a respected independent website specialising in information on air accidents, controllers at Dubai had reminded the crew of the Boeing 777 to lower the landing gear as it came into approach.
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, Aviation Herald reported.
There was no immediate confirmation on whether the landing gear was extended when the aircraft touched the ground.
An engineer, who refused to be identified, told AMEinfo that the airport was on alert and its gates had kept open for the entry of fire-fighting vehicles before the fight crash landed.
According to the Emirates Airline had twelve of long-range wide-body twin-engine Boeing 777-300 aircraft in its fleet since 1999, its website said.
Planemaker Boeing said in a statement it was monitoring the situation in Dubai and it would be working with Emirates to gather more information.
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(With inputs from Reuters)