All operations at Dubai international airport have been suspended following a plane carrying 300 people crash-landed at around 1:00pm this afternoon.
Following the landing, the plane then caught fire, sending black smoke from its fuselage.
The Emirates Boeing 777 was travelling from Thiruvananthapuram in India and was carrying 20 different nationalities, including 24 passengers from the UK, 11 from the UAE and six each from the US and Saudi Arabia.
The government of Dubai released a statement saying that all 282 passengers and 18 crew on board flight EK521 were evacuated safely, with the only fatality listed as an unnamed firefighter who was tackling the blaze.
Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum announced the death of the unnamed firefighter at a press conference in the city last night.
Al Maktoum said: “We pay tribute to the firefighter who lost his life fighting the blaze. We thank all teams that dealt with the incident.”
The director of the United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority, Said Al Suwaidi, said: “I salute his ultimate sacrifice that kept many from harm’s way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family”.
Authorities have not given any details on the cause of the crash but aviation experts are reporting that there may have been a fault with the landing gear.
Onlookers took to social media to document the crash, with videos and pictures emerging of smoke billowing from the aircraft.