An Emirates plane has crash-landed at Dubai International Airport and caught fire. All 300 people on board were able to escape from the burning aircraft, but a firefighter was killed tackling the blaze.
The aircraft was flying to Dubai from the southern Indian state of Kerala. Flights to and from the airport were suspended for several hours but have now resumed.
The Emirates chairman told a press conference that evacuation procedures were executed professionally and the cabin crew were the last to leave the plane.
Thirteen people had suffered minor injuries, he said.
A passenger on board the plane told Reuters news agency that the experience was terrifying.
“As we were landing there was smoke coming out in the cabin,” said Sharon Maryam Sharji.
“People were screaming and we had a very hard landing. We left by going down the emergency slides and as we were leaving on the runway, we could see the whole plane catch fire.”
Emirates said there were 282 passengers and 18 crew on board from 20 nationalities, most of them Indian, with 24 Britons and 11 people from the United Arab Emirates.
The captain and the first officer have over 7,000 hours of flying experience each, the airline said.
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Emirates is the Middle East’s biggest airline, and has an excellent safety record.
It ranked seventh in a survey of the world’s safest airlines by AirlineRatings.com, an independent plane safety website.
Dubai International Airport is a major transport hub, one of the world’s busiest for international passengers, operating with only two runways. BBC