Emirates 777 On Fire at Dubai

An Emirates Boeing 777-31H, A6-EMW (c/n 32700), has caught fire after a landing incident at Dubai International Airport.

A video posted online shows the jet skidding down the runway on its belly and the right engine detached from the wing.  Additional photos show black smoke billowing from the jet and firefighters on scene tackling the blaze.

The aircraft was operating flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram in India to Dubai and was carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew.  The Dubai Media Office tweeted that “all passengers were evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far”.

A statement on the airline’s Twitter feed said: “Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport on 3rd August 2016 at about 12.45pm local time.”

Dubai International Airport remains closed while authorities deal with the incident.

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