News is just breaking of an Emirates 777 that crash landed at Dubai Airport today. The flight, EK521, was operating from Thiruvananthapuram, India, to Dubai, and crash landed at around 12:45PM local time (less than an hour ago).
Here’s a picture of the plane after it crash landed:
— Alex Macheras (@AlexInAir) August 3, 2016
So far Emirates has only confirmed that an “incident” has occurred, though hasn’t publicly said anything else. They have changed their social media profile logos to gray, as airlines often do following tragedies.
Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport on 3rd August 2016 at about 12.45pm local time.
— Emirates airline (@emirates) August 3, 2016
Gulf News is reporting that supposedly all passengers have been “escorted to safety,” though I wouldn’t necessarily assume that to be fact until the airline and airport authorities confirm that as well.
If nothing else, I suspect this plane won’t be flying anytime soon, and that this will have a significant impact on operations at Dubai Airport over the coming days, given that a runway will presumably stay closed as the investigation occurs, and as the plane and debris are removed.
Here’s to hoping everyone onboard is okay.