An Emirates plane carrying 282 passengers and crew on board crash landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday, according to the Dubai government media office.
Authorities say flight EK521 was evacuated and all passengers escaped without any injuries.
According to a statement from Dubai-based Emirates, there were no fatalities among 282 passengers and 18 crew on board.
“All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe,” read the statement, posted to Facebook.
It’s unclear whether there were any injuries on board.
Images of thick black smoke on the tarmac were posted on social media.
The plane was on route from Trivandrum International Airport in India when it crash-landed at 12:45 p.m. local time (8:45 GMT).
Firefighters soon managed to bring the fire under control, with Associated Press journalists at the airport reporting that the charred fuselage of the plane appeared to no longer be burning.
The top of the aircraft was scorched brown from near the cockpit back to its tail. Several yellow fire trucks surrounded the plane.
Dubai resident Girisankal Gangadhakan said his wife called him after the plane landed to tell him that she and their three children onboard had been involved in an accident but were safe.
“I was shocked when I heard about that,” he said.
According to a report from Indian newspaper “Mathrubhumi News,” the pilot made an announcement saying there was a problem with the landing gear and that he would make an emergency landing.
Passengers said the cabin crew opened all the emergency exits of the plane and were evacuated within minutes of the landing.
No Canadians were on board the aircraft.
The airline has activated dedicated telephone lines for family members.
Officials from the airline and Dubai International Airport declined to immediately provide further details when reached by phone.
All operations are currently suspended at Dubai International.
The airport is by far the Mideast’s busiest airport, and is the world’s busiest air hub in terms of international passenger traffic.
Government-backed Emirates is the region’s biggest carrier, and operates the world’s largest airline fleet of the wide-body 777 long-haul aircraft.
(with files from The Associated Press, photo courtesy of @omar_quraishi)