Dubai: An Emirates Airline flight EK251 from Thiruvananthapuram crash landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. There were 282 passengers and 18 crew on board. As per reports, the plane landed on its belly after suspected failure of the landing gear.
Emirates Airline confirmed that there were no fatalities among the passengers and crew. “All passengers and crew were accounted for and safe,” the airline said. Emergency help line number of Emirates at Trivandrum Airport 0471-3377337.
The Boeing 777-300 had left Thiruvananthapuram airport at 10:20 am today. The incident happened at Dubai Airport at about 12.45 pm local time.
Meanwhile, Dubai Media Office confirmed that emergency response teams at Dubai Airport have fully extinguished the fire on the Emirates plane.
The aircraft involved in the accident is a Boeing 777-300 that was delivered in March 2003. TV visuals showed smoke blowing from the grounded plane.
“We are extending full co-operation to authorities & emergency services managing the situation,” the official Twitter channel for Emirates airline said.
“We are expecting a 4-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels,” it added.
Dubai airport has halted departures after the Emirates plane accident.