DUBAI: It was a miraculous escape for 300 people, including 282 passengers and 18 crew, as an Emirates passenger jet crash landed at the Dubai Airport before exploding into plumes of thick black smoke.
For all the 300 people on board, it was a near death experience as they watched the Emirates Boeing 777 in which they were flown in, erupted into flames clouding the fabled Dubai skyline.
The plane, which had flow from Thiruvananthapuram, touched the runway at the Dubai airport on an emergency landing at 2.15 pm (IST) on August 3. The reasons for the crash are not clear yet, but reports suggest that the engine on the right side caught fire.
“We can confirm flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International,” the Emirates said on its Twitter account.
All flights to the Dubai airport have since been diverted and all take-offs and landings have been suspended. The media office of the Dubai tweeted that all operations, including any departures, from Dubai International have been halted “until further notice.”
“Our main priority at this time is the safety and wellbeing of all involved and full co-operation is being extended to the authorities and emergency services managing the situation,” said a spokesperson of the Emirates airline.
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