“We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew,” Emirates said. There were reports of smoke onboard before the plane made the emergency landing. Flights were halted at the airport, the busiest in the Middle East. All coming flights were diverted to Maktoum International Airport. The blaze was under control within 15 to 20 minutes.
All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe, the airline said. 226 passengers were Indians. The Emirates Press Office in Dubai was activated. The relative of one of the passengers onboard the plane said some had “inhaled smoke.” “People have inhaled smoke. Those who left the plane early might not have. But those who went out later have inhaled smoke,” a relative said.