Emirates Airlines Statement on Dubai Airport Crash
Emirates can confirm that today, 3rd August 2016, flight EK521 travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram ( Kerala ) 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 well being of all involved and full co-operation is being extended to the authorities and emergency services managing the situation.
Emirates Media Statement on Airlines Crash
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 Boeing 777 aircraft, departed at 10.19am from Trivandrum International Airport ( Kerala) and was scheduled to land at 12.50pm at Dubai International Airport.
We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are safe.
We are expecting a 8-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels.
The main priority remains with those involved and offering support to concerned family and friends. Dedicated telephone lines are now active for family members:
UAE – 8002111
UK – 00442034508853
US – 0018113502081
For members of the media, the Emirates’ Press Office in Dubai is now activated:
• 00971 4 708 37 13
Or email: PR@emirates.com.
Relatives are waiting at Dubai Airport
Relatives are waiting to see the passengers on the affected plane at the waiting area of the arrival terminal.
Reji George who lives in Deira is one of the relatives anxiously waiting for the passengers to come out at the arrival lounge. His brother and family were among the passengers. “I was on the way actually because the flight landed. They called me around 12:50 saying that the flight is burning and all the passengers are out. Nobody knows actually what happened.”
He said his brother, wife and two kids aged 10 and 12 were safe. Another Indian man who didn’t want to be named said he was waiting for his wife.
“People have inhaled smoke. Those who left the plane early might not have. But those who went out later have inhaled smoke,” he said, quoting his wife. “All of them in the hanger. We don’t know how long it will take for them to come out.”
“I went to the EK office on the 3rd floor to ask What is the next step the general procedures… they are not saying anything.. they asked me to ask at the information counter at the arrival area I had already gone there.”