Emirates plane catches fire in Dubai; hundreds escape, 1 firefighter killed
By Paul Armstrong, Schams Elwazer and Holly Yan, CNN
Thirteen passengers suffered minor injuries when the plane crashed after landing, Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
But a firefighter was killed “while saving the lives of others,” the Dubai government’s media office said.
Flames and thick, black smoke billowing from the stricken Boeing 777 shortly after it came to a stop out on the runway.
There were no fatalities among the 282 passengers and 18 crew members on board, Emirates said.
“Emirates can confirm that today, 3 August 2016, flight EK521 traveling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International Airport,” the airline said in a statement.
The majority of those on board were Indian nationals, it added.
The aircraft left Trivandrum International Airport at 10:19 a.m. and was scheduled to land at 12:50 p.m. in Dubai.
Once emergency response teams managed to extinguish the fire, it was clear how deadly this accident could have been: The entire top half of the aircraft’s fuselage was missing, with the belly of the plane slumped on the tarmac.