An Emirates B777-300 caught fire after reportedly crash-landing at Dubai International Airport yesterday, sending a plume of smoke over the runway and delaying all flights from the airport.
Passengers evacuated via emergency slides, with 13 receiving minor injuries. Ten were taken to hospitals and three treated at the airport. Firefighters rushed to the scene and one died during the rescue in circumstances which are still unclear.
The plane was performing flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala (India) to Dubai with 275 people aboard, all of whom survived.
According to Simon Hradecky’s authoritative Aviation Herald, the plane was on final approach to the runway but attempted to go around from low height.
The aircraft retracted its landing wheels, but instead of climbing, it then touched down on the runway and burst into flame. The aircraft was burned out and destroyed. Some reports said the landing gear (wheels) did not deploy and the plane landed heavily on its belly.
The airline reported: “Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport on 3rd August 2016 at about 12.45pm local time.”
A video of the incident, taken from some distance, can be viewed here:
Dubai International Airport was said to have told passengers to expect a delay of four hours following the crash.
Videos posted to social media showed the plane slowly grinding to a halt at the end of the tarmac as smoke began to rise. Pictures showed the aircraft billowing smoke with emergency slides deployed and fire trucks blasting foam at the plane.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Emirates flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai, code-shared with Qantas as QF8413, was cancelled last night following the crash. It had been due depart at 9.10pm.
Written by Peter Needham