All operations suspended at the Dubai International Airport, after an Emirates airline flight from India has crash-landed with some 300 people on board (282 passengers and 18 crew on board). The Dubai government media office said all passengers were evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported. Fuselage of Emirates Boeing 777-300 gutted by fire after crash landing; a black smoke was visible from all the area around the airport.
The Emirates Boeing 777 – flight EK521 – was travelling from Thiruvananthapuram in India when it was involved in an “incident” at 12.45pm local time, the airline said.
Authorities have not given any details on the cause of the crash, but images shared on social media suggest a belly landing, which occurs when an aircraft lands without its landing gear fully extended
Dubai international airport, the Middle East’s busiest, was closed to all landings and take-offs after the incident, with a number of incoming flights diverted to Dubai World Central.
Flight records from the website also indicate the plane flew a number of routes in the days preceding the incident, including flights between Dubai and Tunis and between Tunis and Luqa (Malta) on August 2nd, and between Dubai and Abuja and back on August 1st.