An Emirates plane crash landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, closing the airport for a number of hours and sending astonishing images around the world.
Flight EK521 from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India, was carrying 300 people, including crew, when it performed a 'belly landing'. The quick response from emergency crews and the airline's staff ensured the safe evacuation of all those on board within a matter of moments.
Videos on social media showed large plumes of thick, black smoke billowing from the aircraft, while an explosion was captured from the terminal building shortly after. Some time after, once the fire was out, Time Out photographers captured the damage, which you can see above.
Emirates, who were widely praised for how well they communicated with the public throughout the day, both on social media and directly to those involved, described what happened as an 'operational incident'.
No flights arrived or departed DXB until 6.30pm that evening, and while normal operations were back underway before the end of the day, significant delays were experienced into Thursday as passengers from cancelled flights were moved and fitted in elsewhere.
HOW TIME OUT REPORTED THE INCIDENT, LIVE:
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
- Flight EK521 travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India was involved in an incident at 12.45pm upon landing at Dubai International Airport.
- Emirates confirmed all 282 passengers and 18 crew on board have been evacuated safely.
- All inbound and outbound flights from the airport have been delayed until further notice.
- Dedicated telephone lines are now active for family members: UAE - 8002111. UK - 00442034508853. US - 0018113502081
Live update 5.00pm: "We are expecting a 8-hour network wide delay," Emirates have announced via their website.
The following flights out of Dubai on the 3rd of August have been cancelled:
EK572/573: Dubai-Kolkata-Dubai DXB/CCU/DXB
EK2809/2810: Dubai-Medina-Dubai DXB/MED/DXB
EK843/844: Dubai-Doha-Dubai DXB/DOH/DXB
EK083/084: Dubai-Geneva-Dubai DXB/GVA/DXB
EK979/980: Dubai-Tehran-Dubai DXB-IKA/DXB
EK864/865: Dubai-Muscat-Dubai DXB/MCT/DXB
EK849/850: Dubai-Doha-Dubai DXB/DOH/DXB
EK630/631: Dubai-Multan-Dubai DXB/MUX/DXB
EK881/882: Dubai-Doha-Dubai DXB/DOH/DXB
EK839/840: Dubai-Bahrain-Dubai DXB/BAH/DXB
EK825/826: Dubai-Dammam-Dubai DXB/DMM/DXB
EK947/948: Dubai-Basra-Dubai DXB/BSR/DXB
EK977/978: Dubai-Tehran-Dubai DXB/IKA/DXB
EK602/603: Dubai-Karachi-Dubai DXB/KHI/DXB
EK875/876: Dubai-Kuwait-Dubai DXB/KWI/DXB
EK903/904: Dubai-Amman-Dubai DXB/AMM/DXB
EK817/818: Dubai-Riyadh-Dubai DXB/RUH/DXB
EK857/858: Dubai-Kuwait-Dubai DXB/KWI/DXB
EK508/509: Dubai-Mumbai-Dubai DXB/BOM/DXB
EK833/834: Dubai-Bahrain-Dubai DXB/BAH/DXB
EK386/387: Dubai-Hong Kong-Dubai DXB/HKG/DXB
According to Dubai International's Facebook page, "DXB will resume departure operations starting 18.30 UAE local time with larger aircraft given first priority."
Live update 4.46pm: Emirates Airlines has just released a video in which His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates' Chairman & Chief Executive, speaks about this afternoon's incident at DXB.
Stay tuned for Dubai Airports' 5pm update on EK521's crash land.
Live update 3.32pm: The latest image circulating on social media shows the aftermath of the fire, the roof of the aircraft appearing to have been completely burnt off.
Live update 3.20pm: Emirates has just released the nationalities of the 282 passengers and 18 crew on board:
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 & Herzegovina
1 - Lebanon
1 - Philippines
1 - South Africa
1 - Switzerland
1 - Tunisia
The video below, courtesy of onlooker Edmund Basil, shows how the plane burst into flames.
Live update 3.06pm: According to Dubai Media Office, all operations (arrivals and departures) at Dubai International have been suspended until further notice.
They are also reporting that the fire on the aircraft has been fully extinguished.
Live update 2.32pm: Dubai International-bound flights are being diverted to Dubai World Central airport, also known as Al Maktoum.
Live update 2.18pm: Dubai Media Office have just released the following statement reporting that all passengers and crew have been safely evacuated.
The following videos of the plane in question have been posted on social media.
Live update 1.57pm: Emirates have announced a four-hour network wide delay.
Dubai Airports has also released the following statement announcing all departing flights are delayed until further notice.
An Emirates flight was involved in an incident at Dubai International Airport at 12.45pm today, leading to the closure of the main runway.
All departures from the airport have been delayed until further notice, according to Dubai Media Office.
The plane carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India, was stationary on the tarmac with smoke billowing from it.
In the first of their statements at 1.10pm, Emirates wrote on Facebook: "Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport on 3rd August 2016 at about 12.45pm local time. Further information will be shared when it becomes available."
It was followed at 1.40pm by the following: "Emirates can confirm that today, 3rd 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 275 passengers and crew on board.
"Our main priority at this time is the safety and wellbeing of all involved and full co-operation is being extended to the authorities and emergency services managing the situation."
"We are in the process of opening our customer assistance line and will share these details soon but at this stage we have no further information on what may have caused the accident. Our priority remains with the passengers and crew involved," Emirates representatives added.
"We are expecting a 4-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels."
More to follow. Photos of the plane above