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Emirates confirm four Irish on board plane that caught fire in Dubai

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Smoke seen billowing from Emirates flight EK521
Smoke seen billowing from Emirates flight EK521

Emirates has published the full list of nationalities for the passengers and crew of flight EK521, which crash-landed at Dubai's main airport this morning

The flight, travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai, was involved in an incident that led to a 'crash landing' with thick smoke billowing from the plane.

Incredibly, all 300 passengers and crew escaped alive from the terrifying incident.

The nationality of those on board was released by the airline on their Facebook page.

226 - India
24 - UK
11 - UAE
6 - US
6 - Saudi Arabia
5 - Turkey 
4 - Ireland
2 - Australia
2 - Brazil
2 - Germany
2 - Malaysia
2 - Thailand
1 - Croatia
1 - Egypt
1 - Bosnia & Herzegovina
1 - Lebanon
1 - Philippines
1 - South Africa
1 - Switzerland
1 - Tunisia

The accident happened at around 12.45pm local time.

It confirmed there were no fatalities and said "all passengers and crew are accounted for and safe".

The Boeing 777 was carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew members, according to the airline, which had earlier provided a lower figure.

The Dubai government's official media office separately said that all passengers were "evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported so far".

It said authorities were "dealing with the incident at the moment to ensure safety of all" and that all departures from the airport had been halted until further notice.

Emirates predicted there would be a four-hour delay in operations across its network.

"Our main priority at this time is the safety and wellbeing of all involved and full co-operation is being extended to the authorities and emergency services managing the situation," the carrier said.

Video posted online showed black smoke billowing from what looked like an Emirates jetliner lying on its belly on the runway.

Firefighters soon managed to bring the fire under control, and the charred fuselage of the plane appeared to no longer be burning.

The top of the aircraft was scorched brown from near the cockpit back to its tail. Several yellow fire trucks surrounded the plane.

Dubai resident Girisankal Gangadhakan said his wife called him after the plane landed to tell him that she and their three children onboard had been involved in an accident but were safe.

"I was shocked when I heard about that," he said.

The Boeing 777 departed Thiruvananthapuram at 10.19am and was scheduled to land at 12.50pm local time, according to Emirates.

Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of the south-western Indian state of Kerala. Many migrant workers employed in the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf nations come from Kerala, which is a popular beachside tourist destination.

Dubai International is by far the Middle East's busiest airport and is the world's busiest air hub in terms of international passenger traffic.

Government-backed Emirates is the region's biggest carrier, and operates the world's largest airline fleet of the wide-body 777 long-haul aircraft.