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Dubai Disaster: Emirates Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash

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An Emirates Airlines media confirmed that today, 3rd August 2016, Flight Ek521 travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai carrying 300 people on board (282 passengers and 18 crew members) has been involved in an operational accident upon landing at Dubai International Airport.

The Emirate’s Boeing 777 aircraft departed at 10.19 am from India was scheduled to land at 12.50pm at Dubai International Airport. Fortunately, all person on board were evacuated on time according to the Dubai government. Shortly after, the plane gusted in flames and smoke, with the front portion of the fuselage completely destroyed.

An official statement was made shortly on Emirates official facebook page by Emirates chairman and chief Shiekh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The post read, “Thankfully there were no fatalities among our passengers and crew.”

All concerned family or friends of those on board are informed to establish contact via these phone line;

UAE – 8002111
UK – 00442034508853
US – 0018113502081

Sarah-Louise, one of the passenger on board reported to BBC shortly after her safe exit, “I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was absolutely horrified. The slides came out but they were blowing all over the place. People managed to escape – from what I saw – before there was a big explosion, with flames everywhere. We had taxied and stopped right next to where it was happening and people in my plane were just saying ‘oh my god’ and ‘get us off this plane’,”

No official statement has been established for the crash but the Dubai authorities emergency services are figuring out the current situation and plans to provide with an update shortly.

The nationalities of passengers and crew on board are:

226 – India
24 – UK
11 – UAE
6 – US
6 – Saudi Arabia
5 – Turkey
4 – Ireland
2 – Australia
2 – Brazil
2 – Germany
2 – Malaysia
2 – Thailand
1 – Croatia
1 – Egypt
1 – Bosnia & Herzegovina
1 – Lebanon
1 – Philippines
1 – South Africa
1 – Switzerland
1 – Tunisia

 

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