An Emirates flight from India with 300 people on board crash-landed at Dubai's main airport Wednesday, sending black smoke billowing into the air and halting all traffic at the Middle East's busiest airport. There were no fatalities and all the passengers were safely evacuated before the plane was engulfed in a fireball, the AP reports. Dubai-based Emirates said the accident happened around 12:45pm local time as Flight EK521 was arriving from the southern Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram. It confirmed that "all passengers and crew are accounted for and safe," but gave no details of what went wrong.
The Boeing 777 was carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew members from 20 different countries, according to the airline. Those onboard included 226 Indians, 24 Britons, 11 Emiratis, and six each from the United States and Saudi Arabia. The Dubai government's official media office separately said that all passengers were evacuated safely, with no major injuries. "Many of them are in shock after such an event, and there may be minor bruises," said TP Seetharam, India's ambassador to the UAE. He said that only one person—a crew member—had been taken to the hospital for treatment. (Read more Dubai stories.)