The world’s busiest international airport, Dubai International (IATA: DXB), is in “recovery mode” as all concerned strive to return to normal operations in the wake of the Emirate’s Boeing 777 crash landing on Wednesday August 3rd.
The 300 passengers and crew were all evacuated safely after flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai effectively made a belly landing on runway 12L at 12:14 local time (08:14GMT).
Sadly, an airport firefighter was killed while tackling the post-crash fire. Most of the airframe was consumed by the flames.
Airport operator Dubai Airports subsequently announced that 116 arriving and 121 departing flights were cancelled while 44 inbound services were diverted to neighbouring airports on Wednesday. DXB resumed flight operations using one runway at 1830 local time the same day.
On Thursday, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths tweeted: ‘We mourn the passing of [firefighter] Jassim Al Baloushi and mark his passing with all the respect he deserves. Mr Griffiths later applauded the “magnificent coordination amongst all the stakeholders’ at the airport.”
A statement issued by Dubai Airports on Thursday afternoon said it expected to be in “recovery mode for the next 48 hours.”
Comments are closed.