All 300 people on board an Emirates 777 which crash landing at Dubai airport today are reported to have been evacuated from the burning jet unharmed.
The most authoritative report, posted by the Aviation Herald, was somewhat blunt in its detail in its initial report. It said the Dubai tower reminded the flight from Thiruvananthapuram in India to lower the landing gear while on what seems to have been short finals.
However the AvHerald report has since been amended to remove the reference to the tower reminding the flight to lower its gear, please revisit the site to read the latest version of this report.
The jet subsequently performed an attempted go-around, but after briefly climbing lost height and hit the ground near the end of the runway and burst into flames. The Boeing 777-300 has been been totally destroyed.
Expect to hear much more about the circumstances of this crash in coming hours and days. The complete success of the evacuation procedures in a fast, real life crisis should be underlined by video footage taken by external cameras.
This is the first hull loss of an Emirates jet.
The photo at the top of the post, on Twitter by Krishna Bhagavathula, has been taken through the green tinted glass wall of a terminal overlooking the crash scene.
A clearer view (below) has been posted by Aviation Herald credited to an airport webcams site.