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Cabin Crew Successfully Evacuate 282 Passengers on Emirates Airline Flight after it Crash-landed and Caught Fire in Dubai Airport



An Emirates airline flight EK51 from India has crash-landed at Dubai International Airport with 300 people on board but no fatalities were recorded, officials say.

18 crew members successfully evacuated the 282 passengers in 90 seconds, reports say.

Tragically, a firefighter has now been reported dead.

A statement from Emirate on Twitter read:

Emirates can confirm that today, August 3 2016, flight EK521 travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International Airport. There were 282 passengers and 18 crew on board.

The Boeing 777 aircraft, departed at 10.19AM from Trivandrum International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50PM at Dubai International Airport.

We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe.

We are expecting a four-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels.

A statement by the Dubai government’s official media office on Twitter said that all passengers were evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far. “Concerned Authorities at Dubai International Airport are dealing with the incident at the moment to ensure safety of all,” it added.

Watch the video here:

Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum’s statement on EK 521.


  1. Prince

    August 3, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Highly Impressive. Good job.

  2. jayboogie

    August 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    This is Emirates first major crash yet .

  3. Chi

    August 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    No wonder they are number 1 in the world. Without trying to rubbish my dear country any further, I wonder what the report would have been if it was Nigerian airline that crash landed at a Nigerian airport.
    Why are we (including me) like this biko?

    Common Embassy abi Consulate abroad we no fit manage.

    • Aibee

      August 3, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      If it was a Nigerian airline or had 80% nigerians on board, what will happen will be chaos! Passengers screaming Jesus, Blood of Jesus, Awusubulahhi, Allahu Akbar, Osanobua and a thousand and one variations of those. Everyone will dash for the nearest exit, pushing to be the first our of the plane. Of course, this is after they have carried thier hand luggage oh. The crew may panic and forget how to open the emergency exits or worse, since it is a Nigerian airline and safety/maintenance isn’t one of our strong suits, the emergency exits will probably have rusty hinges, the landing chutes may not inflate. Of course, there wouldn’t be water at the airport fire station. Generally, anything that can go wrong probably will. It is Nigeria after all. #Depressing.

    • Yori

      August 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Such low self esteem? Have some faith in your country!

    • Mama Dee

      August 3, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Your comment is damn hilarious but sadly the TRUTH!

    • NaijaPikin

      August 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Yori this is not about low self esteem. Its the reality in naija. Happened with sosoliso and Dana. Most people didn’t die from the crash itself, The lack of emergency services during crashes is responsible for many deaths.

    • Iris

      August 3, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      That was almost what happened with the Sosoliso crash. People didn’t die from the crash itself. They were burnt because the airport had no water. The number of Nigerians who inadvertently have blood on their hands…meanwhile these people evacuated almost 300 people in less than two minutes.

  4. nwa nna

    August 3, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Very impressive indeed.. Airplane crew should be commended for a fantastic job!

  5. Sophie

    August 3, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Mehenne. ….this is the height of professionalism,am highly impressed….nigeria keep evacuate almost 300 people in 90 can’t happen! The cabin crew will even be scared,they would be struggling to save them self first.good job emirate

  6. AAsh

    August 3, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    GOD is great! We thank GOD that the crash wasn’t fatal!.

  7. yawah

    August 3, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I agree Emirates is top notch but all the glory belongs to GOD. It could have gone the other way but he chose to save this one from being fatal We give thanks and hope others encounter similar fate of safe landing and no causalities.

    • Chi

      August 3, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      I really don’t get it. This is why we are were we are in this part of the world. I understand and believe that God should be praised in all things but let’s be realistic here. The word of God-the bible says faith without works is dead. Are you saying we should then fold our hands like the Sosoliso incidence because we have faith that God will chose to save or not save our lives? Or do what we ought to like this case with Emirates and if God wants to intervene or allow things happen -he will do this?

      Here we are saying Nigeria has to improve in our reaction to things and you’re blaming God (that’s what you’re doing indirectly).

      Now think about this: if everything had been in place and everyone had done what they ought to during the Sosoliso crash, what would have been the outcome? Now think about this other scenario: if everything at the Dubai had been like the situation with the Sosoliso crash, what do you think would have been the situation in Dubai today.

      So while I love God a lot and trust him in everything together with having implicit trust and faith in him that he can allow sufferings, we cannot blame him for the sufferings of mankind. Many are caused by mankind themselves. Others can be caused by being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Not forgetting mankind’s imperfection and the age-old serpent, Satan. Please desist from blaming God for our sufferings and blame the corrupt politicians (who rather than perfect our systems, perfect their bank accounts) amongst other reasons.

      With such a mentality as yours, I would not bother doing anything to protect myself after all, God decides those he saves (Emirates passengers) and those he chooses not to save (Sosoliso passengers).

  8. molarah

    August 3, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Rather than pessimistically declare that this can’t happen in Nigeria, why don’t we use the opportunity to throw down a gauntlet for our National Emergency Response (NEMA). Let’s start asking them how equipped they are to evacuate personnel in case of a fire, flood, crash emergency under 90 seconds, and if they can’t, let them use the opportunity to draw the attention of the FG to their areas of need – competent personnel, communication network, emergency/safety facilities, whatever it is.

  9. Mamanazra

    August 4, 2016 at 7:08 am

    It is just the truth that we are never prepared in naija. It is God’s grace I know but if it had happened here, hmmm I really won’t want to think what the headlines will be at all. Ordinary belt to bring in luggage at d airport was not working well on Tuesday not to talk of fire service. The driver fit no de around by then sef….we honestly have a long way to go here.

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