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Emirates jet crash-lands in Dubai, engulfed in flames

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An Emirates plane carrying 300 people caught fire on a runway at Dubai International Airport after crash-landing. All departures have been suspended, and arrivals have been diverted to other airports.

Photos on social media showed smoke billowing from the aircraft, which crash-landed on arrival from Thiruvananthapuram, India.

The fire has since been completely extinguished, according to the Dubai government's press office.

Emirates has also confirmed that "all passengers and crew are accounted for and safe." 

The airline said that 300 people were on board, including 282 passengers and 18 crew members.

Departing flights are delayed until 5pm local time, and arriving aircraft have been diverted to other airports, according to authorities cited by Ria Novosti.

The plane involved is a Boeing 777-300 A6-EMW aircraft, according to Flightradar24. 

Boeing said in a statement that it is monitoring the situation and will be working with Emirates to gather more information.

Emirates is the largest company in the Middle East, with more than 3,000 weekly flights to 161 destinations on six continents according to rt.com.

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