WATCH: Emirates flight makes emergency landing in Dubai
Emirates confirms all 282 passengers and 18 crew were evacuated and that their safety was the main priority.
Dubai Airports: DXB will resume departure operations starting 18.30 UAE local time with larger aircraft given first priority.- Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 3, 2016
An Emirates flight from Trivandrum to Dubai -- flight EK521 -- has made an emergency landing in Dubai.
Dubai Health Authority has said that Rashid Hospital was ready to treat the injured; 37 beds were prepared for trauma cases, 88 for critical and 166 beds prepared for stable cases.
Anxious passengers and family members wait inside the airport for details. See more videos here.
Realtime flight tracking website FlightRadar24 identifies the aircraft as a Boeing 777-31h delivered to Emirates in March 2003.
According to the website, it also flew the Dubai-Trivandrum route (EK520) which had landed there at 4:08am without incident.
Flight records from the website also indicate the plane flew a number of routes in the days preceding the incident, including flights between Dubai and Tunis and between Tunis and Luqa (Malta) on August 2nd, and between Dubai and Abuja and back on August 1st.
Dubai Media Office has tweeted that the passengers safe:
All passengers were evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far- Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 3, 2016
Concerned Authorities at #Dubai International Airport are dealing with the incident at the moment to ensure safety of all- Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 3, 2016
All departure flights have been delayed:
All departure flights from #Dubai International Airport have been delayed until further notice- Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) August 3, 2016
FlightRadar24 also noted that a number of inbound flights were diverted to Dubai World Central airport, including Emirates flights EK796 from Seychelles International Airport, EK565 from Bangalore, EK531 from Cochin, and EK425 from Perth.
Another inbound Emirates flight - EK651 from Colombo - was diverted to Fujairah, while EK345 from Kuala Lampur was diverted to Al Ain.
FlyDubai flights that were diverted included Fz334 from Karachi, FZ56 from Kuwait City, , FZ222 from Najaf and FZ38 from Muscat.
A Qatar Airways flight, QR1010 from Doha, was cancelled.
Air India flights will depart from Sharjah.
Earlier, passengers in the airport and those present at the site of the incident, took to Twitter to post photos and videos of the burning plane - as smoke filled up the sky.
Operations suspended at Dubai airport
Dubai Airports can confirm that all operations (arrivals and departures) at Dubai International have been suspended until further notice following the incident this afternoon involving Emirates airline flight EK521.
Dubai Airports will issue an update on the status of operations at DXB at 5pm, according to a spokesperson.
Confirming the incident, Emirate posted this tweet:
Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport on 3rd August 2016 at about 12.45pm local time.- Emirates airline (@emirates) August 3, 2016
The airline tweeted that all 282 passengers and 18 crew on-board are safe and being looked after:
Emirates can confirm that there were 282 passengers and 18 crew on board. #EK521- Emirates airline (@emirates) August 3, 2016
There were 275 passengers and crew on board. Our main priority now is the safety and well-being of all involved.- Emirates airline (@emirates) August 3, 2016
We are extending full co-operation to authorities & emergency services managing the situation. #EK521- Emirates airline (@emirates) August 3, 2016
We will update the Emirates website & social media channels as more information becomes available. #EK521- Emirates airline (@emirates) August 3, 2016
Contact details for media:
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. The Boeing 777 aircraft, departed at 10.19am from Trivandrum International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50pm at Dubai International Airport. 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 are expecting a 4-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels. For members of the media, the Emirates' Press Office in Dubai is now activated: 00971 4 708 37 13 Or email: PR@emirates.com.
(Main incident video by KT reader Iznaa Qureshi)
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