Emirates Airline is denying a report that one of its planes crash-landed at Zambia Airport early Monday morning.
Local online media in Zambia reported that one of the airline’s planes crash-landed at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport based in the Zambian capital Lusaka shortly after takeoff in the early hours of Monday.
The report said the Emirates “plane had a tyre burst and slipped into the bush.”
Emirates released a statement on the actual incident:
“Emirates flight EK7 14 bound for Dubai returned to Lusaka airport last night shortly after takeoff due to a technical issue. The aircraft landed normally, taxied to the stand and passengers disembarked in the usual way.”
Zambia Airport also confirmed Emirates statement:
“That is a strong term to use because if it had crash-landed we would have recorded deaths and the plane being damaged,” Robert Misipala, the managing director of National Airports Corporations, told Xinhua.
The aircraft was an A330.
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