Emirates plane catches fire as it crash lands at Dubai airport

No casualties have been reported thus far. PHOTO SOURCE: TWITTER @THE STRAITS TIMES

No casualties have been reported thus far. PHOTO SOURCE: TWITTER @THE STRAITS TIMES

DUBAI: An Emirates airline flight coming from India crash-landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday, the Dubai government media office said on its official Twitter account, adding that there were no reported casualties yet.

Pictures purportedly showing the incident posted on social media showed a thick black plume of smoke rising from the top of a burning plane.

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The Twitter account of live air traffic monitor Flightradar24 said takeoffs and landings at Dubai had been suspended because of the incident, adding that the plane involved was a Boeing 777-300 A6 EMW.

The flight involved was EK521 coming from Thiruvananthapuram, it said. Airport and company representatives could not be immediately reached for comment.

In June, a Dubai-bound Shaheen Air flight narrowly escaped a crash when its tyres burst just before takeoff at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.

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The engine of Shaheen Air flight NL-766 started making loud noises seconds before takeoff which prompted the pilot to apply emergency breaks to keep the plane on the runway, sources told The Express Tribune.

However, the breaks caused three of the plane’s tyres to burst. No loss of life was reported.

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