Date
28 July 2017
An Emirates Airlines plane lies on its belly in Dubai airport with much of its top charred as firemen train their hoses on the stricken aircraft. Photo: Reuters
An Emirates Airlines plane lies on its belly in Dubai airport with much of its top charred as firemen train their hoses on the stricken aircraft. Photo: Reuters

Emirates plane catches fire after landing in Dubai

An Emirates Airline plane caught fire after crash-landing in Dubai but no deaths among its 300 passengers and crew were reported.

A fireman died battling the flames and four passengers were injured, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Boeing 777 widebody jetliner, which originated in the Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram, skidded to a stop o the runway, resting on its belly amid plumes of thick black smoke.

Video footage shows large sections of the fuselage charred and emergency slide deployed.

Emirates gave no details about what caused the accident but there apparently was no mayday call from the cockpit, WSJ says.

Early signs pointed away from a fire, mechanical problem or security issue during the descent.

Air safety experts focused on the combination of shifting winds, a relatively heavy aircraft and high midday temperatures that reduce lift as likely important factors.

Such conditions could have made it difficult for the pilots to quickly adjust to possible issues with the landing gear or wind shear, a downdraft or sudden change in wind speed or direction close to the ground, a condition that was reported around arrival time.

Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in a televised news conference that medical teams handled 13 people with minor injuries.

Swift and effective responses by the aircraft crew and emergency responders prevented fatalities on board, despite extensive damage to the plane.

One engine separated from the wing and much of the top half of its fuselage was gutted by fire.

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