Emirates Plane Erupts Into a Fireball on the Runway

By Bryan Menegus on at

Emirates Airlines flight EK521 from the Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram crash landed at Dubai International Airport earlier today, the BBC reports.

Amateur video shows the landing gear of the Boeing 777 did not deploy before the nose erupted in flames. The cause of the crash has not yet been established.

EK521 had 282 passengers from 20 countries and 18 crew on board according to posts made by the airline on Facebook. It was also able to confirm that, somewhat miraculously, there were no fatalities in the incident. Emergency response crews were also able to subdue the flames. In a video statement, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the first priority was the well-being of those on board.

Currently all flights at DBX are suspended, with the two-runway airport preparing to make a statement within the hour. Emirates is experiencing a four hour delay across its entire network of flights.

For family members who believe a loved one was one board, Emirates has provided the following dedicated phone lines:

UAE - 8002111
UK - 00442034508853
US - 0018113502081