Amateur video taken inside a crashed Emirates Boeing 777 shows chaos as passengers tried to grab their luggage from overhead compartments while one woman, apparently a flight attendant, shouted at them to evacuate the plane.
“Jump! Jump! Jump! Leave your bags behind!” the woman shouted, seconds after the burning plane came to rest on the runway of Dubai International Airport after a flight from Thiruvananthapuram in southern India.
On Wednesday, an Emirates passenger jet arriving from Thiruvananthapuram caught fire after a hard landing in Dubai, bringing the world’s busiest international airport to a halt. A firefighter was killed while battling the flames, the carrier’s chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said.
The aisles of the plane were packed with a crush of people, some of them screaming, and oxygen masks have deployed from the ceiling of the cabin, which is dimly lit as electric lighting has been extinguished.
The passenger who took the video kept his camera on as he slides down an inflatable emergency chute from a door of the plane, past a wing on which an engine can be seen burning.
At the bottom of the chute, passengers shouted out as they search for relatives and help each other away from the crash site.
All 300 passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the plane, though one firefighter was killed on the ground. Authorities said they were investigating Wednesday’s crash, which occurred after the crew apparently attempted unsuccessfully to abort a landing.
The passengers and crew included 226 Indians. “It was actually really terrifying. As we were landing there was smoke coming out in the cabin,” passenger Sharon Maryam Sharji said. “People were screaming and we had a very hard landing. We left by going down the emergency slides and as we were leaving on the runway we could see the whole plane catch fire; it was horrifying.”
Emirates carried 51.3 million passengers in 2015 and is the world’s fourth largest carrier in terms of passenger numbers adjusted for the length of each trip.
It has a fleet of over 250 aircraft, including the world’s largest fleet of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 jets, and uses its Dubai hub to link the United States or Europe to Asia.