In pics: How 300 people escaped a crash-landed Emirates flight at Dubai airport

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2016 23:05 IST
A Dubai-bound Emirates plane with 300 people crash-landed at the Dubai airport on Wednesday. (Twitter)

An Emirates plane with 300 people on board crash-landed at the Dubai International Airport on Wednesday.

All the 282 passengers, including 226 Indians, and 18 crew members were evacuated safely, the air-carrier said.

Footage and photos on social media showed smoke billowing from the aircraft.

The Boeing 777 carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew members, departed Thiruvananthapuram at 10:19am and was scheduled to land at 12:50 pm local time, according to Emirates.  (Twitter: @kbhagava)

The airline said the crash-landing took place at 12.45pm local time.

The reason for the crash was still unknown, though preliminary reports suggested it was a mechanical failure. (Twitter: @ANI )

Pictures of the smoke tower billowing from the crash site set social media abuzz.  (Twitter: @sambagai)

The Dubai government’s official media office said they were “dealing with the incident at the moment to ensure safety of all” and that all departures from the airport had been halted until further notice.”

The Dubai government’s official media office separately said that all passengers were “evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far.” (Twitter: @ANI )

Emirates predicted there would be a four-hour delay in operations across its network.

The roof of the plane totally charred after the fire was put out. Operations at the Dubai airport were suspended.  (Reuters)

Dubai International is by far the Mideast’s busiest airport, and is the world’s busiest air hub in terms of international passenger traffic. 

A still picture taken from an amateur video shows the moment an explosion. (Reuters TV)

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