Initial report on Emirates jet crash issued

Aviation authorities say jet crashed while 85 feet in air

Dubai’s civil aviation authorities have issued a preliminary report on the crash of an Emirates Boeing 777 at Dubai Airport on August 3, saying the aircraft tried to take off again just after landing but fell down on the ground.

The report by the investigation section at the Dubai General Civil Aviation Authority said flight 521, which had nearly 300 passengers on board, was nearly 85 feet in air again when it lost balance and crashed on the runway.

The aircraft, which had arrived from Trivandrum, India, skidded on the runway for nearly 800 metres before it stopped and caught fire.

“This report is a preliminary one as it does not include any analysis or conclusions…these will be included in the final report after all data is gathered and investigation is completed,” the Authority said.

Its director-general Saif Al Suwaidi said a firemen who was among a team to rescue passengers and control the blaze, was killed after he was hit by a shred in an explosion.

“We express our deep grief for his death and again offer our condolences to his family…we are sure his bravery is very much appreciated by the passengers.”