No Fatalities in Emirates 777 Incident

All 282 passengers and 18 crew members survived a landing incident involving Emirates Boeing 777-31H, A6-EMW (c/n 32700) at Dubai International Airport, that saw the jet engulfed in flames.

A video posted online shows the jet skidding down the runway on its belly and the right engine detached from the wing.  Additional photos showed black smoke billowing from the jet and firefighters tackling the blaze.  The fire has now been put out.

The aircraft was operating flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram in India to Dubai.

“The Boeing 777 aircraft, departed at 10.19am from Trivandrum International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50pm at Dubai International Airport.  We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew,” the airline said in a statement.

Manufacturer Boeing said it was monitoring the situation.  It added: “We are thankful all aboard were evacuated safely. A Boeing technical team is standing by to launch in support of the US National Transportation Safety Board.”

The majority of the passengers on board were from India, with 11 from the UK.

As a result of the incident, Dubai International Airport is experiencing severe delays.  Emirates said it was anticipating an eight-hour network wide delay and has cancelled a number of flights as a result.

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