Numerous videos and images have this morning been flooding social media – all showing the terrifying moment a large Emirates plane hit the runway in Dubai earlier today.
A total of 282 passengers and 18 crew were on the plane at the time and all flights in and out of Dubai International have now been suspended.
Some 24 people on board are from the UK, while four are Irish. The majority are Indian nationals.
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Government and air-traffic control officials in the UAE have now confirmed that the Boeing 777-300 jet crash-landed at the airport shortly after 1pm local time – 9am Irish time.
Thankfully, there are no reports of injuries and everyone was evacuated safely without incident.
The three-hour flight took off from Trivandrum International Airport in India at around 6am Irish time.
Dubai government: Emirates Airline flight from India crash-landed at Dubai International Airport https://t.co/8u1LBDtesy
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The captain is understood to have sent out and emergency signal shortly before the plane was due to land.
Witnesses say the aircraft was billowing smoke shortly upon approach.
Dubai Airports can confirm that Emirates flight EK521 arriving from Trivandrum was involved in an incident during landing at DXB at 12.45pm
— Dubai Airports (@DubaiAirports) August 3, 2016
Confirming that all on board were accounted for and safe, Emirates said this afternoon in a statement: "We are expecting a 4-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels."
— Faisal Irshaid (@faisalirshaid) August 3, 2016
It added: "The main priority remains with those involved and offering support to concerned family and friends."
Emirates added that telephone lines are now active for family members: UAE – 8002111 UK – 00442034508853 US – 0018113502081