Plane catches fire at Dubai airport; Emirates confirms 'incident'

DUBAI // A plane caught fire on the runway at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. Passengers at the airport reported on social media that the flight, carrying 275 passengers and crew, landed without landing gear and caught fire. Emirates Airline confirmed “an incident” happened at 12.45pm via Twitter. <div class=”embedObjects”><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Emirates […]

DUBAI // A plane caught fire on the runway at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

Passengers at the airport reported on social media that the flight, carrying 275 passengers and crew, landed without landing gear and caught fire.

Emirates Airline confirmed “an incident” happened at 12.45pm via Twitter.

<div class=”embedObjects”><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport on 3rd August 2016 at about 12.45pm local time.</p>&mdash; Emirates airline (@emirates) <a href=”https://twitter.com/emirates/status/760763766921461760″>August 3, 2016</a></blockquote></div>

The airline then said in a statement: “Emirates can confirm that flight EK521 travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India, to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International Airport.

“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.

“We will update the Emirates website and social media channels as more information becomes available.”

However, the emirates.com website was down on Wednesday afternoon, though its mobile site was still operational.

Flightradar24, a flight monitoring site, said on Twitter that there are no take-offs or landings from Dubai airport because of the incident.

The site also reported that the plane was a Boeing 777 and the flight was EK521, from Thiruvananthapuram, India.

<div class=”embedObjects”><blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The flight involved in Dubai Airport accident is <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/EK521?src=hash”>#EK521</a> from Thiruvananthapuram in India<a href=”https://t.co/oM5Js9y9Vs”>https://t.co/oM5Js9y9Vs</a> <a href=”https://t.co/3EA8bZ5sas”>pic.twitter.com/3EA8bZ5sas</a></p>&mdash; Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) <a href=”https://twitter.com/flightradar24/status/760768793505329152″>August 3, 2016</a></div>

Some inbound flights are being diverted to other regional airports.

Dubai Media Office said on Twitter: “All passengers were evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far.”

No other details were immediately available but images on social media show the plane in a lopsided position on the runway.

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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