MIAMI — An Emirates Airline flight coming from India crash-landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday. No fatalities were reported.

The aircraft involved in the crash is a Boeing 777-300 (A6-EMW • MSN 32700 • LN 434), operating flight 521 from Trivandrum International Airport in southern India, and was scheduled to land at 12:50 local at Dubai.

According to information from The Aviation Herald, the aircraft attempted to perform a go-around —a procedure to abort the landing.— However, the airliner did not climb, and hit the ground without the landing gear deployed. No priority landing or emergency were previously declared.

Pictures posted on social media, that purported to be of the accident, show a thick black plume of smoke rising from a burning aircraft.

There were 282 passengers and 18 crew on board, the airline said.

The crash led to an immediately stop of all operations. Dozens of departing flights have been delayed or cancelled while some incoming traffic was redirected to other airports in the region.

“Dubai Airports can confirm that all operations (arrivals and departures) at Dubai International have been suspended until further notice following the incident this afternoon involving Emirates airline flight EK521,” the airport said in a statement.

Since the Boeing 777 entered service in 1995, only six aircraft have been written off, because of accidents, with Wednesday’s Emirates flight EK521 being the sixth.

The first 777 hull loss took place in 2008, when British Airways flight BA38 crash landed at Heathrow Airport. The second accident took place in 2011, when an EgyptAir 777 caught fire while parked at a gate at Cairo Airport due to a short circuit.

The loss and first fatal accident involving a 777 occurred in 2013, when Asiana Flight OZ214 crashed while landing in San Francisco. Three of the 291 passengers were killed, while all 16 crew members survived. Investigators at the NTSB attributed the crash to pilot error.

The fourth incident took place on March 8, 2014, when a Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER operating as Flight MH370 disappeared vanished with 239 passengers and crew aboard while enroute to Beijing. To date, only pieces of the plane have been located.

A few months later, another Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER was shot down over Ukraine while operating flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 occupants were killed when the airliner was reportedly struck by a Russian-made BUK surface-to-air missile.

Until today, the incidents involving 777-300s have been relatively minor, with no injury or loss of life.


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