2016-08-03 Emirates Boeing 777-300 crashed on landing at Dubai

2016-08-03 Emirates Boeing 777-300 crashed on landing at Dubai

2016-08-03 Emirates Boeing 777-300 crashed on landing at Dubai


Emirates flight EK521 was involved in a landing accident at Dubai Intl Airport, the Boeing 777 was destroyed by fire. It is understood that none of the 300 on board was seriously injured however one of the emergency workers has reported to have been killed.

UPDATE 2016-09-06

NEW: PRELIMINARY REPORT (published on 2016-09-06)

Emirates Flight 521 [flight path of EK 521 by FR24]was on ILS approach to runway 12L at Dubai International Airport (DXB, OMDB) .

According to unconfirmed reports the pilots were initiating a late go-around maneuvre for reasons yet to be determined. The AviationHerald reported of an overheard ATC conversation indicating the pilots dealt with an unclear gear status.
The flight was cleared to climb to 4000 feet, but eventually the aircraft lost height until it struck the runway again. The ground impact was heavy. The right engine (RollyRoyce Trent 895) was ripped when the aircraft slid off to the right of the runway after experienced to total loss of directional control.


EK 251 apparent go-around attempt and accident© GoogleEarth | Jacdec.de
© PPRuNe

The Boeing 777-300 continued to slide across a taxiway and turned nearly 180 degrees before it came to rest in the vicinity of the parallel runway 12R/30L. Smoke and flames were seen trailing its right wing. An emergency evacuation was carried out immediately.

© AeroTunisie


Final position where EK 521 came to rest © GoogleEarth | Jacdec.de

Heat and flames eventually gutted  the whole aircraft before the fire services were able to exinguish the fire.

According to local news reports all passengers and crewmembers evacuated safely via emergency slides. A total of 13 people were treated for minor injuries.

One member of the Dubai Airport fire fighters was fatally injured during the emergency operations around the burning aircraft.

Operations at Dubai Airport were halted for hours. Lots of delays and flight cancellations thoughout the next 36 hours was the result.

It was Emirates 1st ever aircraft hull loss. The aircraft in question was in Dubai Maintenance hangars from 2015-05-12 until 2015-05-29.

A number of eyewitnesses stated the aircraft actually made a touchdown but lifted off the runway again in an apparent attempt to go-around. According to their testimony there was evidence about a lack of engine sound and virtually no acceleration was felt in the seconds after first touchdown. Then a hard impact was felt when the jet had fallen back onto the runway.

Wreckage images show the nosegear bay doors still open (left image) indicating the gear was in transit at the time. Photos of the wreckage removal shows the maingear still in a extended position (right image).

© NDTV | Twitter-FlightSimviator

2016-08-11 An unconfirmed statement apparently by the captain leaked into public by indian media source:

„During flare updraft caused the A/C to float till after the end of the touch downd (sic) zone. We decided to G/A. Normal G/A initiated after that we had positive climb so the gear was retracted. Speed dropped rapidly below the top of amber band due to W/S. W/S proc was done however the A/C crash landed on the RW and skidded off it to come to a complete stop off the RW with fire and fumes covering the whole A/C. Mayday declared and evacuation initiated. All pax and crew survived without serious injuries.“



The Wreckage and Impact Information

The point of impact of the Aircraft with the runway was approimately 2,530 meters from runway 12L threshold, adjacent to the November 7 taxiway. Marks on the runway indicated that the Aircraft slid for approximately 800 meters along the runway with the three landing gears not fully up.

The Aircraft came to rest adjacent to the Mike 13 taxiway, having turned to the right onto a heading of approximately 240 degrees. The Aircraft aft fuselage lower section impacted first, followed by the engines, the lower section of the aircraft belly fairing, and then the forward fuselage and nose landing gear doors. The No.2 engine separated, moved laterally on the right wing leading edge, and remained near the right wingtip until the Aircraft came to rest.

As it slid along the runway surface, various components detached from the Aircraft. These components included portions of the engine cowlings, secondary support structures and parts of the wing to body fairings, access panel doors, and systems components. (Figure 1). When the Aircraft came to rest, the primary structure was intact with the exception of the No.2 engine-pylon assembly which had separated from the RH wing attachment.

FINAL FLIGHTPATH / Landing Sequence



Go-around procedure

The current flight crew operating manual (FCOM) and the flight crew training manual (FCTM) used by the Operator contained go-around procedures and the applicable training guidance. The FCOM systems description under the heading Automatic Flight – Go-Around, chapter 4.20.17, (appendix B to this Report), states that “Pushing either TO/GA switch activates a go-around.

The mode remains active even if the airplane touches down while executing the go–around.” In addition, the FCOM states that “The TO/GA switches are inhibited when on the ground and enabled again when in the air for a go–around or touch and go.”

Cabin safety and evacuation

All of the cabin crewmembers stated that the flight was normal with some turbulence during the final part of the landing. Cabin crewmembers seated towards the rear of the Aircraft indicated that they thought the main landing gear contacted the runway only for the Aircraft to become airborne again until it impacted the runway. The cabin crewmember at the L1 door reported that during the impact, her seat base broke and folded downwards. 2016-08-03_A6-EMW_B773_EK@DXB_PRELIM4The senior cabin crewmember, sitting opposite her, confirmed that the cabin crewmember was hanging in her seat harness after the impact.

He also noticed that the cockpit door had swung open. The cabin crewmembers at positions L1A and R1A reported that their seats had moved forward during the impact, and the cabin crewmember at the R5 door reported that a cabin panel had detached and fell in front of the door exit. The window blinds in first class had moved to their closed position during the impact.

For more information, please check the full report on the GCAA website.


Huge exlosion in the right wing after the aircraft came to a stop. © YouTube, OneIndia


The moment aircraft slid to a stop. The object in the small yellow circle is likely to be the right engine. © Youtube


Post-evacuation fire  © Radio101 | Twitter


Emirates press statement:

 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.

We are in the process of opening our customer assistance line and will share these details soon but at this stage we have no further information on what may have caused the accident. Our priority remains with the passengers and crew involved.

We are expecting a 4-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels.

For members of the media, the Emirates‘ Press Office in Dubai is now activated: 00971 4 708 37 13

Emirates confirms that an incident occurred today August 3 to Flight „EK 521“, coming from Travndram, landing at Dubai International Airport. It was on board 275 passengers, including crew.

The working trip plane Boeing 777 took off from Travndram International Airport and was scheduled to land at Dubai International Airport at 12:50.

It will open in case Msaah customers line, and we will publish details as they become available.The focus of our priorities in these circumstances to ensure the safety of all, note that currently we have not got any information about the cause of the accident.

We expect a delay of four hours on the dates of our travels across the network

Please follow our website and our pages on social networking sites, where we will publish any information about the incident as they become available.

Now available for inquiries families digit
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Britain 0044203450853
United States 0018113502081


METAR Dubai-Intl Airport (OMDB):

03/08/2016 12:00->
METAR OMDB 030800Z 14012KT 100V180 6000 NSC 48/09 Q0994 WS
           ALL RWY TEMPO 35015KT 4000 DU=
03/08/2016 13:00->
METAR OMDB 030900Z 11021KT 3000 BLDU NSC 49/07 Q0993 WS ALL
           RWY TEMPO 35015KT 1500=


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GCAA Investigation Report

Aircraft Involved

© T. Soyke| Planespotters.net

Type: Boeing 777-300
Registration: A6-EMW
Age a/c: 13.4 years
Constr. No.: 32700

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants  18 282 0 300
Fatalities 0 0 1 1
Injuries 0 13

Passenger nationalities:

226 – India
24 – UK
11 – UAE
6 – US
6 – Saudi Arabia
5 – Turkey
4 – Ireland
2 – Australia
2 – Brazil
2 – Germany
2 – Malaysia
2 – Thailand
1 – Croatia
1 – Egypt
1 – Bosnia & Herzegovina
1 – Lebanon
1 – Philippines
1 – South Africa
1 – Switzerland
1 – Tunisia

© Emirates.com


JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 1sth safety occurence for the operator
  • 66th safety occurence of type (B777-300)
    – 6th hull loss of a Boeing 777 so far
    – 1st ever Boeing 777-300 hull loss
  • 22nd safety occurence at Dubai Intl Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

Date: 2016-08-03 Time: 12:45
Location: OMDB DXB Dubai
Country: United Arab Emirates
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: hull loss

Flight no.: EK 521
From: VOTV/TRV: Trivandrum To: OMDB/DXB: Dubai
Type: Passenger
Operator: Emirates


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