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226 Indians have close shave as plane crash-lands in Dubai

Emirates confirmed that flight EK521 with 282 passengers and 18 crew members on board was involved in an accident at Dubai international airport. The airline said there were 226 Indians aboard the Boeing 777-300. “We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe,” the airline said in statement.

Around 10 passengers were treated for smoke inhalation and burn injuries at a hospital after the accident. Only one person was admitted for long-term treatment, local media said. The flight departed at 10.19 AM from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50 PM at Dubai International Airport.

Among the 282 passengers, seven infants were also travelling, Thiruvananthapuram Airport director George Tharakkan said. The flight had two Indian crew members on board, he said. There were a total of 74 foreigners on board including 24 from the UK, 11 from the UAE and six each from the US and Saudi Arabia.

There was no official word for the cause of the accident, but media reports said the landing gear collapsed and the plane slid and exploded. The incident was the most serious to date for Emirates, it being the only loss for the airline since it started operations in 1985. The plane which was involved in the accident was 13 years old.

Meanwhile, Dubai airport authorities suspended all operations after the Emirates flight accident. A total of 21 flights, including two to India, departing from Dubai were cancelled as a result of the incident. Some inbound flights were diverted to other regional airports. “Emergency response teams at Dubai Airport have fully extinguished the fire on the Emirates plane. All passengers and crew were safely evacuated,” the Dubai media office tweeted after the accident.
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