An Emirates jet with 300 people on board crash landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday, skidding down a runway and bursting into flames, NBC News reported. A firefighter died battling the blaze, the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority said.
An engine was torn from the Boeing 777's right wing as it scraped to a halt, forcing passengers and crew to evacuate before flames consumed the aircraft.
All 282 passengers and 18 crew members escaped using inflatable slides. Ten people were hospitalized, according to the chairman and CEO of Emirates airline.
"On behalf of the General Civil Aviation Authority, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of deceased. I salute his ultimate sacrifice that kept many from harm’s way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family," said the director general of GCAA.