282 passengers escaped after an Emirates flight skidded on a runway and burst into flames on August 3 at Dubai International Airport. Thirteen passengers suffered minor injuries when the plane crashed after landing.
But a firefighter, identified as Jassim Essa Al-Baloushi, was killed “while saving the lives of others,” the Dubai government’s media office said.
Flames and smoke billowed from the stricken Boeing 777 shortly after it came to a stop on the runway.
The aircraft left Trivandrum International Airport at 10:19 a.m. and was scheduled to land at 12:50 p.m. in Dubai.
Once emergency response teams managed to extinguish the fire, it was clear how deadly the accident could have been:
The entire top half of the aircraft’s fuselage was missing, with the belly of the plane slumped on the tarmac.