Emirates: The airline with the perfect safety record

Bernd Debusmann Jr. (Chief Reporter)/Dubai Filed on August 3, 2016
Emirates: The airline with the perfect safety record

Emirates, an airline with the perfect safety record, today saw an unfortunate incident when its flight from Trivandrum to Dubai - flight EK521 - made an emergency landing in Dubai.

Realtime flight tracking website FlightRadar24 identified the aircraft as a Boeing 777-31h delivered to Emirates in March 2003.

Emirates Safety Record So Far

In January 2016, Emirates was rated as having a perfect 7/7 safety and product rating by aviation analysis portal The ratings took into account operational history and incident records.

In April 2004, an Emirates Airbus A340-300 taking off from Johannesburg, South Africa failed to become airborne before takeoff. It struck 25 approach lights, causing four tires to burst and severely damaging the flap drive mechanism. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

In March 2009, an Emirates Airbus A340-500 failed to take off properly from Melbourne and struck several structures, but managed to take off and return to the airport to land. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

Dubai Airport incidents

March 1972: Sterling Airways flight 226 crashes on approach, killing 112.

November 1974: British Airways flight 870 is hijacked in Dubai before being flown to Tripoli and Tunis.

March 2007: An Airbus A310-300 of Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight BG006 had its nose gear collapse while accelerating for take-off. Of the 236 people on board, 14 suffered minor injuries. At the time, the airport had one operational runway that was closed for nearly 8 hours, affecting the operations of 71 flights.

September 2010: UPS flight 6 - a Boeing 747 - crashed soon after takeoff while en-route to Cologne, Germany. The flight had taken off but was on the way back after reporting smoke in the cockpit. Both crew members were killed when the aircraft crashed between Emirates Road and the Al Ain Highway, having narrowly avoided Dubai Silicon Oasis.


Bernd Debusmann Jr.

Originally from Mexico City, I've been in Dubai since January 2015. Before arriving in in the UAE I worked as a general news reporter in TV and print in Mexico City, NYC and Washington DC. I'm interested in defence issues, politics, technology, aviation and history. In my spare time i enjoy traveling and football - I'm a keen fan of Chelsea FC. I developed an interest in the Middle East traveling through Jordan and the West Bank. I have a BA in Political Science from Dickinson College in the USA and an MA in International Journalism from City University London.

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