Emirates airliner with 300 onboard crash lands in Dubai – Los Angeles Times

An Emirates flight from India with 300 people on board crash landed at Dubai’s main airport on Wednesday, sending black smoke billowing into the air and halting all traffic at the Middle East’s busiest airport. Authorities said all passengers were evacuated safely.

Dubai-based Emirates said the accident happened around 12:45 p.m. local time as Flight EK521 was arriving from the southern Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram.

It confirmed there were no fatalities and said “all passengers and crew are accounted for and safe.”

The Boeing 777 was carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew members, according to the airline, which had earlier provided a lower figure.

The Dubai government’s official media office separately said that all passengers were “evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far.”

It said authorities were “dealing with the incident at the moment to ensure safety of all” and that all departures from the airport had been halted until further notice. Emirates predicted there would be a four-hour delay in operations across its network.

“Our main priority at this time is the safety and wellbeing of all involved and full co-operation is being extended to the authorities and emergency services managing the situation,” the carrier said.

Video posted online showed black smoke billowing from what looked like an Emirates jetliner lying on its belly on the runway.

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