Dubai Airport Reopens after Emergency Landing
Dubai international airport reopened to air traffic on Saturday after a 12-hour closure when a Russian aircraft caught fire and made an emergency landing, a civil aviation spokesman said.
An Emirates flight from London was the first aircraft to land at 0510 GMT, he told AFP.
The airport had been shut down after an Aeroflot Ilyushin-86 made an emergency landing at 1615 GMT on Friday when one of its engines caught fire.
The Aeroflot Flight 521 from Moscow came down at the airport with one of its engines on fire. No one was injured in the incident.
The Ilyushin-86 aircraft was carrying 307 passengers and a crew of 15, reported the Gulf Daily News.
However, the accident and the subsequent closure of the airport disrupted regional airline traffic, with all inbound flights to Dubai diverted to a number of Gulf airports, including Bahrain International Airport.
A Civil Aviation Affairs spokesman told the paper that more than 400 travelers were stranded in Bahrain, and several hundred more trying to reach Bahrain were grounded in Dubai.
He said only one Dubai-bound flight was re-routed to Bahrain airport.
Emirates Flight 40 from Birmingham to Dubai was diverted to Bahrain, landing in Manama at 10.45pm.
Dubai television showed pictures of the plane on the ground with a burnt out wing, blocking the main runway. A second runway is closed for maintenance – Albawaba.com
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