Social media users have taken to Twitter to express their shock and disbelief of Tuesday’s emergency plane crashing, as many lauded the efforts of Emirates who helped passengers and crew to safety.
The Boeing 777 aircraft departed at 10.19am from Trivandrum International Airport, and was scheduled to land at 12.50pm at Dubai International Airport.
In a statement, Emirates confirmed that there were 282 passengers and 18 crew on board EK521, flying from Thiruvananthapuram, India, to Dubai.
The nationalities of passengers and crew on board were:
226 - India, 24 - UK, 11 - UAE, 6 - US, 6 - Saudi Arabia, 5 - Turkey , 4 - Ireland, 2 - Australia, 2 - Brazil, 2 – Germany, 2 - Malaysia, 2 - Thailand, 1 - Croatia, 1 - Egypt, 1 - Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1 - Lebanon, 1 - Philippines, 1 - South Africa, 1 - Switzerland, 1 - Tunisia.
Dubai International Airport has been closed until further notice.
Flydubai has also announced that Dubai International Airport has cancelled all flights until 10pm, Tuesday.
Passengers are advised to contact their travel agent or the flydubai Contact Centre on (+971) 600 54 44 45 to rebook on the next available flydubai flight or receive a refund to original form of payment.
Emirates has issued a statement:
Emirates Media Statement 4: 14:23, Wednesday 3 AUG 2016
Emirates can confirm that today, 3 August 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 4-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels.
The main priority remains with those involved and offering support to concerned family and friends. Dedicated telephone lines are now active for family members:
UAE - 8002111
UK - 00442034508853
US - 0018113502081