New Delhi: After the Emirates flight EK521 crash landed into billowing black smokes and fire at the Dubai International Airport on Wednesday, which is being deemed as the worst incident the airport has seen in three decades, a fire-fighter was allegedly killed while trying to douse the fire.
Emirates Chairman Shekih Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said that the Boeing 777-300 which was bound to Dubai from Thiruvananthapuram was caught in blaze after it crash landed inside the airport. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday evening, Ahmed said, “The pilot might have tried to change his flight pattern to avoid wind shear, but that hasn’t been verified. The pilot and the co-pilot logged more than 7,000 of flying hours each.”
“It’s difficult to speculate about what happened in the last few minutes of the flight, but I want to thank the crew for their professionalism and evacuating the plane in a short time,” the Chairman added.
Ahmed confirmed that a fire-fighter had died in the blaze while trying to douse the enflamed flight.
Recounting the incident one of the passengers, NewsX spoke to a passenger who said, “I was travelling with my wife and three children. My daughter said that something was wrong with the wing of the flight and noticed fire. The flight landed and moved to the front. We all escaped. They made us get down one after the other with our hand baggage and boarding pass. Nothing happened to any of us. All of us are safe.”
There were 282 people, the passengers and the crew, onboard the aircraft during the time of the crash at the Dubai International Airport.