A footage inside the Emirates flight that crash-landed in Dubai has emerged
It was taken by one of the 282 passengers inside the aircraft showing the dramatic scenes that followed
The video showed passengers in panic as smoke quickly engulfed the cabin
Passengers in panic, detached oxygen mask hanging overhead and smoke quickly filling the cabin; these were the dramatic scenes that followed inside the Emirates flight that crash-landed at the Dubai International Airport on Wednesday, August 3.
Emirates flight EK521 was travelling from Thiruvananthapuram, India carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew members when it caught fire while attempting to land around 12:50 pm.
Authorities initially attributed the accident, and the ensuing fire, to the landing gear that collapsed prior to the touch down, although investigators have yet to release the official report.
Thankfully, all the passengers and crew were evacuated to safety before the aircraft completely burned down.
However, one of the firefighters, identified as Jasim Issa Mohammed Hassan, was killed while trying to put out the blaze that was rapidly engulfing the plane while passengers were being led out of the cabin.
A footage has emerged showing the terrifying scenes inside the aircraft after the Boeing 777 300 skidded on the tarmac before resting on one of its wings.
The clip was reportedly taken by one of the passengers. It showed the people, including children, inside scampering towards the exit doors while some still trying to retrieve their luggage from the overhead compartment.
Emergency oxygen masks can be seen hanging from the ceiling as smoke quickly engulfed the cabin.
Then a voice, presumably coming from one of the rescuers, started balking orders for the passengers to leave everything and head for the exit doors immediately.
“Leave everything, leave the bag. Jump and slide, go back later, jump and slide…this way! this way!” the man can be heard shouting.
One of the passengers, told the Mirror in an interview later of the horrifying experience.
“People were screaming and we had a very hard landing. We left by going down the emergency slides and as we were leaving on the runway we could see the whole plane catch fire. It was horrifying,” she said.
The chaos lasted for 30 to 35 minutes, according an eyewitness, before he saw a “huge, huge fire” and heard at least two explosions.
Thirteen passengers who suffered minor injuries were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, Emirates Airline CEO, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said the operation at the Dubai International Airport has resumed after several hours.
All 300 people on board were able to escape from the burning aircraft, but a firefighter was killed tackling the blaze.
The Boeing 777 appeared to have landed on its belly, and images showed thick black smoke rising into the sky.
Emirates chairman Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum paid tribute to the firefighter who lost his life fighting the blaze.
The aircraft was flying to Dubai from the southern Indian state of Kerala.
Flights to and from the airport were suspended for several hours but have now resumed.
The Emirates chairman told a press conference that evacuation procedures were executed professionally and the cabin crew were the last to leave the plane.
Thirteen people had suffered minor injuries, he said.
An Emirates airlines Boeing 777-300 on the ground in Dubai airport (3 August 2016)Image copyrightEPA
The inflatable emergency exit slides can be seen next to the remains of the aircraft
A passenger on board the plane told Reuters news agency that the experience was terrifying.
“As we were landing there was smoke coming out in the cabin,” said Sharon Maryam Sharji.
“People were screaming and we had a very hard landing. We left by going down the emergency slides and as we were leaving on the runway, we could see the whole plane catch fire.”
Emirates said there were 282 passengers and 18 crew on board from 20 nationalities, most of them Indian, with 24 Britons and 11 people from the United Arab Emirates.
The captain and the first officer have over 7,000 hours of flying experience each, the airline said.
As is usual following a big accident, there are lots of unconfirmed reports out there speculating about what happened.
The aircraft is sitting on the ground without its landing gear, but it is not clear why the wheels are not down.
Some reports suggest the crew were making a normal, rather than an emergency approach, when air traffic controllers told them to abandon the landing and start climbing again, for unknown reasons.
The answers should come out in the next few days.
Whatever the cause, it is a testament to the crew that they got everyone off the plane.
Flight EK521, direct from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai, is popular with hundreds of thousands of Kerala residents who work in the Gulf countries.
Emirates is the Middle East’s biggest airline, and has an excellent safety record.
It ranked seventh in a survey of the world’s safest airlines by AirlineRatings.com, an independent plane safety website.
Dubai International Airport is a major transport hub, one of the world’s busiest for international passengers, operating with only two runways.