• Emirates Airlines aircraft are seen at Dubai International AirportReuters
  • A still picture taken from an amateur video shows the moment an explosion occurs on an Emirates Airlines EK 521.Reuters
  • Still picture taken from an amateur video shows smoke after an Emirates Airline flight crash-landed at Dubai International AirportReuters

A major tragedy was averted on Wednesday after the Emirates Airlines EK 521 from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai with 300 people on board crash-landed at the Dubai International Airport. The airline confirmed that the 282 passengers and 18 crew members are safe.

The Emirates Boeing 777-300 A6-EMW made an emergency landing at the airport, after which flights to and from the airport were suspended. Thick smoke was seen billowing out of the aircraft on the tarmac. Firefighters rushed to the spot after the flight landed. 

"We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe," Emirates Airline said in a tweet.

Videos of the event surfaced on social media showing the right engine of the aircraft dislodging from the wing as the plane drags on the tarmac. The airline reportedly acted swiftly and evacuated the passengers inside the aircraft. 

Not only did the event keep the Twitterati aflutter, it also prompted them to post wishes and appreciation for the airlines for preventing a major disaster from taking place.

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