Emirates flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram crash lands at Dubai airport

Emirates flight EK521 from Kerala to Dubai caught fire on Wednesday. However, CNN-News18 reported that the flight crash landed at the Dubai airport. UAE confirmed that all 275 passengers were escorted to safety.

Emirates confirmed on its Twitter handle that an incident happened at Dubai International airport on 3 August at about 12.45 pm. "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," the airline said.

"We are expecting a four-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels," it added.

Thick, black smoke was seen coming out of the fuselage of the flight. According to India Today, the aircraft has suffered major damage.

Emirates has confirmed that 275 passengers along with the crew were on board flight EK521.

However, minutes later, Emirates tweeted that 282 passengers and 18 crew members were on board the flight.

According to reports, 226 Indian passengers were among the passengers of Emirates EK521.

Emergency services have been deployed and the area has been cordoned off. "All departing flights have been delayed until further notice," said Dubai airport's spokesperson.

The flight was travelling from Trivandrum International Airport and departed at 10.19 am. It was scheduled to land at Dubai International airport at 12.50 pm.

All Dubai flights have been diverted to Maktoum International airport or Sharjah International airport, according to Al Arabiya. All passengers were evacuated within 45 seconds after crash landing.

A passenger said the flight came down suddenly and then bounced upwards while landing.

"In no time the cabin was filled with smoke. There was no announcement. The emergency door was forced open," the passenger told Asianet television channel in Kerala on telephone. Another passenger said some of them had suffered minor injuries on their hands and legs.

Emirates released the list of nationalities of passengers.

Emirates Chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has given an offical statement:

According to Gulf News, the aircraft was a Boeing 777-300, which has a capacity of carrying over 300 passengers and delivered in March 2003.

With inputs from agencies.

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Updated Date: Aug 03, 2016 18:53:01 IST