Updated: Emirates airline confirms accident at Dubai airport

Emirates confirmed that today, 3rd August 2016, a Boeing 777-300ER,  registered A6-EMW and operating flight EK521 from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International Airport.

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There were 282 passengers and 18 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”, the airline said in a statement.

The Boeing 777 aircraft, departed at 10.19am from Trivandrum International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50pm at Dubai International Airport.

Emirates expects a 8-hour network wide delay, as a result of the accident.

Footage on social media and re-posted by Gulf News showed smoke billowing from the aircraft. Please note that at this time, we cannot independently verify the footage.

The Dubai Government Media Office confirmed that the passengers were evacuated from the plane, with no injuries reported so far.

Emirates also reported that there are no fatalities among its passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe.

The nationalities of passengers and crew on board are:
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 aircraft, with serial number 32700, was delivered to Emirates by the end of March 2003, on lease from ILFC.

Weather reports at the time of the accident:

 SA 03/08/2016 10:00-> METAR OMDB 031000Z 11018KT 5000 BLDU NSC 49/05 Q0993 WS ALL RWY TEMPO 35015KT 1500=
 SA 03/08/2016 09:00-> METAR OMDB 030900Z 11021KT 3000 BLDU NSC 49/07 Q0993 WS ALL RWY TEMPO 35015KT 1500=
 SA 03/08/2016 08:00-> METAR OMDB 030800Z 14012KT 100V180 6000 NSC 48/09 Q0994 WS ALL RWY TEMPO 35015KT 4000 DU=
 SP 03/08/2016 07:49-> SPECI OMDB 030749Z 14012KT 110V180 6000 NSC 47/09 Q0994 WS ALL RWY TEMPO 35015KT 4000 DU=
 SA 03/08/2016 07:00-> METAR OMDB 030700Z 06007KT 360V100 8000 NSC 44/10 Q0995 NOSIG=
 SA 03/08/2016 06:00-> METAR OMDB 030600Z 06005KT 350V100 8000 NSC 42/12 Q0995 NOSIG=
 SA 03/08/2016 05:00-> METAR OMDB 030500Z 08009KT 060V120 7000 NSC 39/14 Q0995 NOSIG=
 SA 03/08/2016 04:00-> METAR OMDB 030400Z 07006KT 8000 NSC 38/13 Q0995 NOSIG=
 SA 03/08/2016 03:00-> METAR OMDB 030300Z 07003KT 010V100 CAVOK 37/09 Q0994 NOSIG=
 SA 03/08/2016 02:00-> METAR OMDB 030200Z 09004KT 020V110 9000 NSC 37/09 Q0994 NOSIG=
 SA 03/08/2016 01:00-> METAR OMDB 030100Z 05005KT 020V090 CAVOK 37/08 Q0994 NOSIG=
 SA 03/08/2016 00:00-> METAR OMDB 030000Z 09005KT 050V140 CAVOK 37/12 Q0993 NOSIG=


Pictures and video footage purportedly showing the accident posted on social media (via Twitter):

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