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Emirates flight from Kerala in India catches fire in Dubai

An airport official said in Thiruvananthapuram that the flight EK521 took off at 10.25 am, 20 minutes behind schedule

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  • “Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport at about 12.45 pm,” the airline tweeted
  • An airport official said in Thiruvananthapuram that the flight EK521 took off at 10.25 am, 20 minutes behind schedule
  • Dubai airport was immediately closed for landings and take offs. Flights headed to Dubai were diverted

An Emirates plane flying from Kerala with 275 people on board caught fire after landing here on Wednesday, August 3, leading to the closure of Dubai airport, officials said.

“Emirates can confirm that an incident happened at Dubai International Airport at about 12.45 pm,” the airline tweeted. It said all passengers were evacuated and there were no reported injuries.

Emirates aircraft catches fire after landing. Image Source: globalnews.ca
Emirates aircraft catches fire after landing. Image Source: globalnews.ca

But Dhanya Rajendran, Editor-in-chief at The News Minute, an online news portal, posted a photograph of the plane billowing smoke on the runway and said, quite a few passengers had been injured.

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Emergency vehicles rushed to the aircraft.

An airport official said in Thiruvananthapuram that the flight EK521 took off at 10.25 am, 20 minutes behind schedule.

Another twitter account said one of the engines appeared to have fallen after the violent landing.

Emirates Flight EK521. Image Source: www.newsweek.com
Emirates Flight EK521. Image Source: www.newsweek.com

Dubai airport was immediately closed for landings and take offs. Flights headed to Dubai were diverted.

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The aircraft involved in the accident is a Boeing 777-300 that was delivered in March 2003. (IANS)

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Two Men Jailed For Robbing an Indian in Dubai

The men were sentenced on Friday and they will be deported following the completion of their term in Dubai, the Khaleej Times reported.

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The 38-year-old Indian man was intercepted by the two men in July 2017 when he left his office in Dubai's Meena Bazaar.
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Two men have been sentenced to one year in jail here for robbing an Indian man of 200,000 dirhams.

The 38-year-old Indian man was intercepted by the two men in July 2017 when he left his office in Dubai’s Meena Bazaar. “I was passing through a parking lot on my way home when an Asian-looking man holding a vessel with some liquid stopped me,” the Indian man said.

Two men have been sentenced to one year in jail here for robbing an Indian man of 200,000 dirhams.
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He said that the attacker threw the liquid on his face, “burning my face and eyes. I couldn’t see anything”.

“Another person pulled the money parcel wrapped in plastic from my arms and fled.”

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The men were sentenced on Friday and they will be deported following the completion of their term in Dubai, the Khaleej Times reported.

Another man involved in the crime is still on the run. Also, a fourth defendant confessed to aiding and abetting the crime by keeping 150,000 dirhams with him to wire to the attackers later. (IANS)