An Emirates Airlines Boeing 777 flying from the Southern state of Kerala, India, crash landed on arrival in Dubai this afternoon. All 282 passengers and 18 crew were able to evacuate the aircraft safely before the aircraft caught fire.
While the cause for the accident is currently unknown it is assumed that there was a problem with the landing gear as the aircraft appeared to land on it’s belly and then later caught fire during the evacuation. The Aviation Herald is currently reporting that the airline was attempting a go around from low height but instead crashed.
“An Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300, registration A6-EMW performing flight EK-521 from Thiruvananthapuram (India) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) with 282 passengers and 18 crew, was on final approach to Dubai’s runway 12L at 12:41L (08:41Z) but attempted to go around from low height. The aircraft however did not climb, but after retracting the gear touched down on the runway and burst into flames. All occupants evacuated safely, no injuries are being reported. The aircraft burned down completely.
The airport authority has reported that all arrivals and departures are currently suspended until further notice.
Our hats go off to the cabin crew for being able to safe evacuate the entire aircraft safely!