A firefighter died when an Emirates airline flight crash-landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday, but all 300 passengers and crew were evacuated safely from the aircraft, authorities said.
Dramatic pictures and video posted on social media, purportedly of the crash-landing, showed a thick plume of black smoke rising from the top of a burning aircraft on a runway.
Emirates’ Chairman & Chief Executive Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum told a new conference on Wednesday evening that a firefighter at Dubai International died in the operation to douse the flames that engulfed the plane.
All 282 passengers and 18 crew escaped the aircraft safely, though four passengers suffered minor injuries, Al Maktoum said, adding that it was too early to say what caused the accident.
However, he ruled out “anything in terms of a security issue at this stage.”
The pilots and crew were the last to abandon the aircraft, Al Maktoum said, praising the “maximum level of professionalism they have demonstrated.”
Dubai airport, which was closed following the accident and all departures and arrivals halted, re-opened at 6:30 pm local time (14:30 GMT), according to Dubai Airports.