The terrifying moment Emirates Flight EK521 packed with 275 passengers crash lands at Dubai International Airport before exploding on the runway.
Loss of Life
Jasim Issa Mohammed Hassan died while battling the inferno
Saif Al Suwaidi, the director of General Civil Aviation Authority, said he died “saving the lives of the others”.
“On behalf of the General Civil Aviation Authority, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of deceased. I salute his ultimate sacrifice that kept many from harm’s way.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Hassan was the eldest sibling in his family and had three brothers and two sisters, the Khaleej Times reported.
His uncle Mohammed Ibrahim told the website: “He was my best brother, my best friend, and my best son. I do lose him so much, and so does each and every family member, friend, and neighbour.
“He dedicated his life to this type of risky job, and is well-known for his commitment and courage.”
His cousin added that those who knew him would not be surprised by his “exceptional sacrifice”.
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All 300 on board walked away unharmed just seconds after being told there was a problem with the plane’s landing gear as it approached the runway.
The aircraft perilously tilts towards the ground with debris strewn across the tarmac as smoke pours from the fuselage.
One of the jet’s engines appears to be dragging along the ground.
The enormous white cloud then begins to turn grey as a shocked onlooker says: “Oh my god, the smoke’s getting darker.”
The Dubai government confirmed the Boeing 777-300 jet crash-landed at the airport shortly after 1pm local time with 275 passengers and crew on board.
The three-hour flight took off from Trivandrum International Airport in India at around 6am UK time before the captain is understood to have sent out and emergency signal shortly before the plane was due to land.
No-one is currently believed to have been injured and passengers have been evacuated.
The footage shows Flight EK521, which departed from Trivandrum International Airport in India, crash-landed with 275 passengers and crew on board
Emirates spokesman said: “Emirates can confirm that today, 3rd August 2016, flight EK521 travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International Airport.
“There were 275 passengers and crew on board.
“The Boeing 777 aircraft, departed at 10.19am from Trivandrum International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50pm at Dubai International Airport.”