Firefighter Killed After Emirates 777 Crash Landing in Dubai
An Emirates Boeing 777 with 300 people on board crash landed shortly after takeoff from Dubai International Airport Wednesday morning. The aircraft was heading for Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India.
Flight EK521 skidded on the runway and then crashed, bursting into flames. There were 282 passengers and 18 crewmembers onboard, all of whom survived.
Officials suspect that a problem with the landing gear was at fault and video footage of the aircraft approaching the runway shows the plane landing on its belly without any landing gear extended.
Although all those onboard the Boeing 777 were able to use the emergency slides to safely exit the aircraft, one firefighter lost his life “while saving the lives of others,” officials said in a statement. Thirteen passengers did suffer minor injuries as a result of the crash.
All flights out of the airport were delayed for several hours Wednesday, while all incoming flights were diverted to other airports. As of Wednesday evening in Dubai, all departing flights had resumed normal schedules.
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