Our Aviation team are advising and assisting passengers who were on board the Boeing 777-300 Emirates Flight EK-521 which was operating from Trivandrum International Airport in India to Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates when it crash landed and burst into flames on 3rd August 2016.
Our International Aviation team have commenced an investigation into this serious incident, drawing upon our extensive experience in previous airline incidents involving emergency evacuations during take-off and landing. Our team successfully negotiated confidential settlements earlier this year for over 110 passengers from the British Airways BA 2276 take-off incident at Las Vegas airport in September 2015.
Head of Aviation James Healy-Pratt commented:
“The Emirates crew did a superb and professional job of evacuating the aircraft without any serious physical injuries to passengers or crew. However, our experience of helping many passengers in fire related aviation evacuation incidents worldwide is that psychological injuries are common-place and often under-estimated by many. It was fortunate that there were no passenger or crew fatalities here.
We hope that the United Arab Emirates federal aviation authority (GCAA) who are being assisted by the NTSB and the AAIB are able to identify what went wrong so that Emirates, Boeing and Rolls Royce can ensure that the 777 is 100% safe for passengers and crew.
There have been a number of similar incidents involving emergency evacuations that our leading international aviation team have investigated and successfully dealt with including BA2276 (uncontained engine fire at Las Vegas on 8 September 2015), BA762 in May 2013 (engine fire and emergency landing at Heathrow) and BA038 in January 2008 (crash landing at Heathrow following fuel system failure).
Our main task is to help the passengers and crew in understanding how and why this accident happened and to ensure that it does not happen again.”
Those affected by Emirates Flight EK-521 can contact James Healy-Pratt, Sarah Stewart or Peter Neenan in confidence for further information and for details of how we can assist and offer our support.
You can find further information regarding our expertise, experience and team on our Aviation pages.