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By ADAM SCHRECKAssociated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - All 300 people aboard an Emirates airliner survived a crash landing in Dubai on Wednesday, scrambling down emergency slides before flames consumed the plane in an accident that halted flights for hours at the world's third-busiest airport. The incident was the most serious ever for Emirates, which has grown at a breakneck pace over the last three decades and turned its hometown of Dubai into a major long-haul international air hub.It was the second major air disaster for a Dubai government-backed airline in less than five months.Speaking to reporters in Dubai, Emirates Group CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said 10 people were hospitalized, but stressed that all passengers were safely evacuated before the plane was engulfed in a fireball. local time as Flight EK521 was arriving from the southern Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram. Thankfully there (were) no fatalities among our passengers and crew," Sheikh Ahmed said in a video statement released within hours of the crash.
Those onboard included 226 Indians, 24 Britons, 11 Emiratis, and six each from the United States and Saudi Arabia.
The pilots were Emirati and Australian and each had over 7,000 hours' flight experience, Sheikh Ahmed said.
A problem with the plane's landing gear appeared to have at least been a contributing factor.
Video shot by a passenger on another flight showed the plane tilted to its right side and careening on its belly as thick smoke poured out.
The right wing looked to have been torn from the fuselage during the crash.
Emirates received the plane new in 2003 and it was up-to-date with safety inspections, the CEO said.He described wind conditions as normal at the time of the crash, but said investigators are examining whether wind shear could have played a role. The accident closed Dubai International Airport to traffic for about six hours, with flights resuming before 7 p.m. Emirates predicted there would be an eight-hour delay in operations across its network, disrupting travel plans for thousands of passengers during the busy summer vacation season.Passengers described hearing a loud noise as the plane touched down after what until that point had seemed to be an ordinary flight."It was a big noise," said Shadi Kochuktty, a passenger from India. "All the people were shouting, all the children, all the women," said Arun Krishna, an Indian national."We hadn't heard any announcement, but it was a big noise." From that terrifying moment on, all those on board the Boeing 777 faced the nightmare all white-knuckle fliers fear: Smoke filling the cabin. Flight attendants jumped out of their seats as the plane screeched to a stop, opening emergency doors on the craft and inflating the emergency slides.Asked what the flight attendants said, Kochuktty offered just one word: "Escape!Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating