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An Emirates airline flight coming from India crash-landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday, the Dubai government media office said on its official Twitter account, adding that all passengers were evacuated safely.

The flight originated form Thiruvananthapuram in southern India with 275 passengers and crew aboard the plane, a Boeing 777-300.

Pictures purportedly showing the incident posted on social media showed a thick black plume of smoke billowing from the top of a burning plane.

“An Emirates plane coming from India has been involved in an accident on landing at Dubai International,” Dubai Media Office said on its Twitter account.

“All passengers were evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far,” it said, adding that all departures from Dubai International have been halted “until further notice.”

Emirates confirmed the incident.

“We can confirm flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International,” the carrier said on its Twitter account.

“There were 275 passengers and crew on board. Our main priority now is the safety and well-being of all involved,” it said.

All departure flights from Dubai international airport have been delayed until further notice, Dubai authorities said.

Officials from the airline and Dubai International Airport declined to immediately provide further details when reached by phone.

Planemaker Boeing said in a statement it was monitoring the situation in Dubai and it would be working with Emirates to gather more information.

Dubai International is by far the Mideast’s busiest airport, and is the world’s busiest air hub in terms of international passenger traffic.

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