An Emirate aircraft was involved in an aviation accident on Wednesday, 3 August. The Emirates flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram, India, with 282 passengers and 18 crew on board, was involved in an accident at Dubai’s main airport on Wednesday. The airline confirmed that everyone on board was safe. Everyone was safely evacuated from the plan and accounted for, confirms Dubai Media Office on Twitter. Unfortunately a brave firefighter Jassim Essa Al-Baloushi, lost his life while working to save the passengers.
The Boeing 777-300 jetliner that is among the top ten safest airplanes, caught on fire after a hard landing in Dubai on Wednesday 3rd of August; a thick black plume of smoke rose into the sky from the tarmac airfield, as a result of the incident, reported MSN. Though the scene was said to be horrific as the airplane was fully engulfed in flames and members on board were in danger, the quick reaction of the flight crew to deploy the emergency slides for the travelers led to no casualties. All were safely evacuated and only 13 passengers suffered minor injuries.
All arrivals and departures at Dubai International were delayed for some hours until the fire was under control by firefighters on the scene. The tarmac area was sprayed and cleaned with chemical solvent.
The bad news for Dubai-based International Airline Emirates came just days after it was nominated world’s best airline again. To no-one’s surprise, the International Airline Emirates is voted the World’s Best Airline by air travelers in the 2016 World Airline Awards, a survey of millions of passengers conducted by Skytrax.
The Skytrax Top Airlines of 2016 included Etihad Airways, which remains in sixth position; Emirates took a big leap from last year’s fifth place to be ranked first ahead of Qatar Airways (the 2015 winner) that still has the world’s best business class area on board that includes a lounge.
Third place went to Singapore Airlines; then came Cathay Pacific in fourth and next is ANA All Nippon Airways to complete the list of the top five.
As stated by CNN, “Middle East carriers continue their domination at leading aviation industry awards.”
Regarding Emirates, the airline seems to be always at the forefront of operational excellence and safety innovation. Even after this incident, the airline maintains a better safety record than others. Emirates has no fatal crashes or other incidents, such as engine failure. To date, both the airline and aircraft have a solid safety record. Since Emirates was founded in the 1980s, this is only its third serious safety incident. As a result, Emirates has one of the fewest consumer complaints.
To check Emirates’ Airline & Safety Ratings, visit http://www.airlineratings.com/ratings/4/emirates. There one will see the airline having been awarded a seven star ranking for safety. Dubai-based Emirates airline have been ranked as the world’s safest airlines for 2016 with a perfect 7/7 safety score; the Emirates safety rating of 7/7 means it is one of the safest carriers to fly in. According to AirlineRatings, Emirates has not had any fatalities and possesses excellent safety records. Aviation analysts at AirlineRatings.com also gave Emirates a product rating of 7/7; again, a maximum result.