Emirates aircraft crash-lands at Dubai airport [Updated]

Emirates aircraft crash-lands at Dubai airport [Updated]

An Emirates aircraft caught fire at Dubai International airport after crash landing due to equipment failure.

A spokesperson for the Dubai media office, which represents the Emirate's government, said the aircraft was flying in from India when it "crash-landed," the Press Association reported.

"All passengers were evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far," a statement added.

"Authorities at Dubai International airport are dealing with the incident at the moment to ensure safety of all."

Photographs showed plumes of black smoke rising into the air from the aircraft.

An Emirates spokesman said: "Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International airport on 3rd August 2016 at about 12.45pm local time.”

All passengers and crew members on board the Boeing 777 from Thiruvananthapuram in India to Dubai were safely evacuated.

Take offs and landings at Dubai were suspended because of the incident.

There were 275 passengers and crew on board the 777, the airline confirmed.

The airline added: “We are in the process of opening our customer assistance line and will share these details soon but at this stage we have no further information on what may have caused the accident.

“Our priority remains with the passengers and crew involved.”

"We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe."

Emirates say it expects an eight-hour network wide delay while confirming that 24 of the 282 passengers on the aircraft were from the UK.


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