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One killed in firefighting over Emirates plane crash-landing

By Ians English

Dubai, Aug 4: The Emirates Airline said that one firefighter was killed while putting out a fire caused by a plane crash-landing earlier on Wednesday (Aug 3). [Emirates flight crash-lands at Dubai airport; all passengers safe]

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, the Chairman of Emirates Airline, confirmed that the firefighter lost his life in the rescue operations, Xinhua news agency reported. [Flights cancelled on Chennai-Dubai route]

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A Boeing 777 of Emirates Airline, flying from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai, made an emergency landing at 12.45 local time (0845 GMT) at Dubai International Airport.

Sheikh Ahmed said earlier in a video message that a fire on the plane, which was reportedly delivered to Emirates in March 2003, was put out at 14.32 local time (1032 GMT).

Altogether 300 people, including 18 crew members, were on board, all of whom are reported safe.

The 282 passengers come from 20 countries, including 224 from India, 24 from Britain and 11 from the UAE, the Emirates said.

Asked about the cause of the crash, Sheikh Ahmed said the investigations are still ongoing, stressing "all required maintenance and security checks on the plane were done in the past as scheduled".

"Our priority is now the health and safety of our passengers," he added.

The airport has resumed departure flights at 18.30 local time (1430 GMT).

Dozens of Emirates flights and foreign airliners had to be delayed or completely cancelled, while some flights coming to Dubai International were diverted to Dubai's second air hub, Al Maktoum International Airport.


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