All operations at Dubai international airport have been suspended after a plane carrying 300 people crash-landed then caught fire, sending black smoke billowing from its fuselage.
The Emirates Boeing 777 was travelling from Thiruvananthapuram in India when it was involved in an “incident” on Wednesday at 12.45pm local time (09.52am BST), the airline said. The government of Dubai said all 282 passengers and 18 crew on board flight EK521 had been evacuated safely and no injuries had been reported.
Authorities have not given any details on the cause of the crash.
The plane has been in service for 13 years, according to the Flightradar 24 website.
AdvertisementDubai 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.
Emirates, the region’s biggest carrier, said the plane had left Trivandrum international airport and was due to land at Dubai international airport at 12.50pm. It said it was expecting a “four hour network-wide delay”.
The Boeing 777 is considered one of the safest planes around. More than 1,000 have been produced and there have only been a few dozen incidents logged, most of them minor.
The first fatal crash in the plane’s 21-year history came in July 2013, when an Asiana Airlines jet landed short of the runway in San Francisco. Three of the 307 people on board died, one of whom was hit by an emergency truck after surviving the crash.
In January 2008, a British Airways 777 landed 305 metres short of the runway at Heathrow airport. Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which mysteriously disappeared with 239 people on board in March 2014 and has never been found, was also a 777.