Flights Cancelled On Dubai Route
Three hundred people, mostly Indians had a narrow escape, as the Emirates flight from Thiruvananthapuram crashlanded in Dubai on Wednesday, shutting down one of the world's busiest airports
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Air services on the Chennai-Dubai sector were yet to be restored as three airlines have cancelled their flights on Thursday, following the crash landing of an Emirates flight in Dubai, airport authorities said.
"Two flights, each belonging to Jet Airways and Indigo, in Chennai-Dubai route were cancelled this morning," they said.
Similarly, budget air carrier SpiceJet said all its flights have been cancelled in this route.
"Apologies for inconvenience. All flights to and from Dubai stand cancelled for today (August 4)," the airliner said.
On Wednesday, over a dozen flights to Dubai from India were cancelled while some were diverted after the Emirates flight from Thiruvananthapuram crash-landed and exploded on the runway of the Dubai International Airport.
Three hundred people, mostly Indians had a narrow escape, as the Emirates flight from Thiruvananthapuram crash landed in Dubai, shutting down one of the world's busiest airports.
A total of 21 flights, including two to India, departing from Dubai were cancelled as a result of the incident. Some inbound flights were diverted to other regional airports.
IndiGo cancelled 11 flights to Dubai from various doemstic destinations, full service carrier Jet Airways cancelled two flights, one each from Mumbai and Delhi.
Air India on Wednesday diverted nine of its Dubai-bound flights from different Indian cities to nearby airports like Sharjah and Al Maktoum International Airport.
"Emergency response teams at Dubai Airport have fully extinguished the fire on the Emirates plane. All passengers and crew were safely evacuated," the Dubai media office tweeted after the accident.
Video footage showed smoke billowing out of the Boeing 777 after the accident.
Sai Bhaskar, a passenger on the flight, said most of the those travelling in the plane were from Kerala.
There was no problem during the flight, Bhaskar said.
"There was no announcement about any technical snag. We felt as if the flight first landed, went up again and hit the ground. When smoke engulfed the flight, we realised there was something amiss and we felt there was some danger," he said.
"It was difficult to open the emergency exit at first," Bhaskar said.
Emirates said the flight EK521 carried 282 passengers and 18 crew members. The airline said there were 226 Indians aboard the Boeing 777-300.
There were a total of 74 foreigners on board including 24 from the UK, 11 from the UAE and six each from the US and Saudi Arabia.