DUBAI, 3rd August, 2016 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, has said Emirates is working with competent authorities to establish cause of the accident.

He confirmed that the accident took place but there were no fatalities among the 300 passengers and crew onboard the Boeing 777 that caught fire after landing on Wednesday at 12:45pm local time.

“Our priority right now is the safety of our passengers and crew and communicating with their families and friends,” he said.

At a press conference held by the Emirates Airlines this evening, Sheikh Ahmed praised the captain, the co-pilot and rest of the crew for the way they dealt with the accident, adding that the safety of the passengers remains a priority for Emirates.

He added that all the passengers and crew were safely and quickly evacuated, citing the quick response of Emirates and the Dubai International Airport’s work teams.

Sheikh Ahmed paid a tribute to a civil defence firefighter who died while saving the lives of others.

Emirates aircraft, EK521, flew from Thiruvananthapuram, India, to Dubai, and made an emergency landing at the Dubai International Airport on Wednesday.

Sheikh Ahmed said that departures resumed at the Dubai International Airport at 6:30pm local time after they were suspended following an emergency landing on Wednesday.

He added that all Emirates passengers who hold tickets or commercial tickets in exchange for miles “Skywards” on 3rd August or before can re-book or cancel without incurring any charges.

WAM/Majok