Dubai based Emirates airline’s Boeing 777-300 aircraft operating from Trivandrum, Kerala to Dubai with 282 passengers and 18 crew members had met with an incident at around 12:45 local time, UAE. The aircraft was delivered in the year 2003 and had logged thousands of hours flying for Emirates.
“We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe,” Emirates said in a statement today.
But one firefighter was killed while battling the blaze, Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed said at a news conference today.
The aircraft departed from Trivandrum International Airport , at 10:20 A.M. local time and was scheduled to land at Dubai International Airport at 12:50 P.M. local time. Emirates said Flight EK521 was “involved in an operational incident upon landing.”
The passengers had already reported smoke coming out of the cabin at the time of landing and the crew had been alerted about the same. 13 passengers had suffered with minor injuries. The Emirates chairman told in a press conference that evacuation procedures were executed professionally and the cabin crew were the last to leave the plane. He had also commented on the excellent skills of the crew for saving life of all the passengers.
Unfortunately, a fire fighter was killed while he was rescuing passengers from the incident site. Dubai Airport had remained closed for several hours and the flights were diverted to DWC Airport as well as a few to Sharjah and nearby airports. The authorities are yet to discover the exact cause of this incident.
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