An Emirates airline plane has crash landed at Dubai Airport after reportedly catching fire in mid-air. The plane landed on its tail and its right wing caught fire. Thick, black smoke was seen coming out of the fuselage of the flight EK521. Reports say that the aircraft has suffered heavy damage. The Middle East’s biggest airline Emirates confirmed that 275 passengers and crew on board, in a statement posted to its official Facebook page.
"Emirates can confirm that today, 3rd August 2016, flight EK521 travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International Airport. There were 275 passengers and crew on board. 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," the statement read.
The three-hour flight took off from Thiruvananthapuram in India at around 7am UK time before the captain is understood to have sent out and emergency signal shortly before the plane was due to land. Reports say that the aircraft has suffered heavy damage, but all passengers and crew members onboard the Boeing-777 have been evacuated safely.
No further details have yet been released, however photos of large plumes of dark smoke coming from one of Emirates aircraft have been posted on social media. Dubai Media Office tweeted that there was an accident involving an Emirates flight from India as it landed at Dubai International.
The Twitter account of live air traffic monitor Flightradar24 said takeoffs and landings at Dubai had been suspended because of the incident, adding that the plane involved was a Boeing 777-300 A6-EMW. Tracking websites identified the Boeing 777-300 that was delivered to the airline in 2003.