Emirates airline plane ‘crash lands at Dubai International Airport after mid-air fire drama’ with 24 Brits on board
Flight EK521, which departed from Trivandrum International Airport in India, crash-landed with 300 passengers and crew on board
British passengers were caught up in mid-air terror after a Emirates airline plane caught fire in mid-air and dramatically crash-landed at Dubai International Airport.
Twenty-four Brits were among the 300 passengers on board the Boeing 777-300 jet when it smashed down onto the runway at around 1pm local time (10am UK time).
Miraculously, no-one was seriously hurt in the crash and passengers were evacuated just minutes before the plane exploded into flames.
The three-hour flight took off from Trivandrum International Airport in India at around 6am UK time before the captain is understood to have sent out and emergency signal shortly before the plane was due to land.
Eye-witnesses described seeing huge plumes of smoke rising from the plane before it crashed down onto the runway.
One passenger told the Khaleej Times: “Technically (I have no idea what happened but while landing something abnormal took place on the runway.
“We saw smoke inside the aircraft and all the emergency doors were opened.
“I pulled my daughters and took my travel documents and slid down the slides.”
Photographs of the incident posted on social media showed a
plane lying crumpled on its belly on the tarmac with black smoke
pouring from its upper section.
Dramatic video also showed the plane skidding across the runway as it came in to land before exploding in a ball of fire shortly after passengers were evacuated.
Firefighters managed to bring the fire under control, and the destroyed fuselage of the plane was seen lying on the tarmac as an investigation was immediately launched
The majority of passengers – 226 in total – were Indina.