Emirates Plane Catches Fire, Crash Lands At Dubai Airport

The Middle East's biggest airline has reported “an incident” at Dubai’s main airport as social media users report smoke at the scene.

Update: A firefighter attempting to stop the blaze that occurred on Emirates airline flight EK521, was the only person killed out of 300 passengers from the tragic incident, BBC News reported.

13 people suffered minor injuries and flights going to and from the airport were suspended for several hours.




An Emirates airline flight, EK521 coming from India, crash-landed at Dubai International Airport on Tuesday. It was carrying 300 passengers. Luckily, there were no reported casualties.

Pictures of the incident posted on social media showed a thick black plume of smoke rising from the top of a burning plane.




Dubai-based Emirates said the incident happened at 12:45 p.m. local time (8:45 GMT) on Aug. 2.

"The fire began to spread rapidly and by the time the fire engines got there the entire top half of the plane was on fire," NBC News digital chief technology officer Krishna Bhagavathul said while in a terminal overlooking the runway.




"Emirates can confirm that today, 3rd August 2016, flight EK521 traveling 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," it continued.“We are expecting a four-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels.”

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