An Emirates jumbo jet crash lands in Dubai, suffers an apparent engine explosion, and loses most of its top section to fire.
The plane comes to rest looking as though someone used a giant, flame-throwing can opener to rip off the length of the cabin.Despite this tremendous mechanical violence, all 300 people aboard escaped with their lives.
The incident involving Flight 521, a Boeing Co. 777-300 on a flight from India, resembled the July 2013 crash landing of an Asiana Boeing 777-200 in San Francisco, which clipped a seawall, flipped, and then burned near a runway.
Only three of the 291 passengers on that flight died—a 99 percent survival rate—while the jet was destroyed.
Emirates is the largest operator of the Boeing 777, a staple of long-haul flights around the world and a model flown by the airline since 1996.
And while all the passengers survived, a firefighter died battling the aftermath.In a statement Wednesday, the airline said that flight EK521 was involved in an operational incident upon landing at Dubai International Airport at approximately 12:45 local time; all passengers and crew were evacuated safely due to the quick response of the teams at Emirates and Dubai International Airport.