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Plane Caught Fire After Crash Landing at Dubai International

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A picture shows a Boing 777 of the UAE airliner Emirates after it caught fire following a crash-landing at Dubai airport on August 3, 2016.

A picture shows a Boing 777 of the UAE airliner Emirates after it caught fire following a crash-landing at Dubai airport on August 3, 2016.

An Emirates flight from India caught on fire, sending black smoke billowing into the air, after a crash landing at Dubai's international airport Wednesday.

There were no fatalities and all 300 passengers and the crew were safely evacuated before the plane was engulfed in flames.

The incident happened just before 1 p.m. local time, halting all traffic at the Middle East's largest airport and the busiest international air hub in the world.

Passengers on board the plane described hearing a loud noise after a hard landing. Emirates said they did not know what caused the crash-landing and they were co-operating with emergency services.

Social media users posted videos showing black plumes of smoke coming from the plane.

The Dubai International Airport said that all arrival and departure flights were suspended and an update on the status of operations at the airport was due to be issued at 5 p.m. (1300 GMT) local time.

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