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Dubai International Airport closed until further notice
August 3, 2016, 2:41 pm

An Emirates Airline aircraft arriving from India with 300 passengers and crew on board crash landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday.

Photos on social media showed a plane on a runway with a plume of smoke coming from it but everyone on board has reportedly escaped unhurt. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

All flights from Dubai International Airport have been suspended until further notice, its operator announced.

"Dubai Airports can confirm that all operations (arrivals and departures) at Dubai International have been suspended until further notice following the incident this afternoon involving Emirates airline flight EK521."

Emirates said in a statement that it is "extending full co-operation to authorities and emergency services managing the situation". It added that it expected there to be a eight-hour network-wide delay following the crash.

Dubai Media Office said in a statement on Twitter that the plane was coming from India and had crash-landed at Dubai International Airport.

It said: "Emergency response teams at Dubai Airport have fully extinguished the fire on the Emirates plane. All passengers and crew were safely evacuated."

It added: "Concerned Authorities at Dubai International Airport are dealing with the incident at the moment to ensure safety of all."

The Twitter account of live air traffic monitor Flightradar24 said takeoffs and landings at Dubai had been suspended because of the incident, adding that the plane involved was a Boeing 777-300 A6-EMW.

The flight involved was EK521 coming from Thiruvananthapuram, Emirates said on the airline's official Twitter feed, adding: "Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport on August 3 at about 12.45pm local time."

Source: Arabian Business

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