"Jump! Jump!" - video shows chaos in cabin of crashed Emirates plane

A screengrab from a video shows passengers in an Emirates Airline airplane trying to access oxygen masks, after the plane crash-landed and seconds before the fuselage was engulfed in a ball of flame, on Aug 3, 2016.
A screengrab from a video shows passengers in an Emirates Airline airplane trying to access oxygen masks, after the plane crash-landed and seconds before the fuselage was engulfed in a ball of flame, on Aug 3, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters, AFP) - Amateur video taken inside a crashed Emirates Boeing 777 shows chaos as passengers try to grab their luggage from overhead compartments while one woman, apparently a flight attendant, shouts at them to evacuate the plane.

"Jump! Jump! Jump! Leave your bags behind!" the woman shouts, seconds after the burning plane came to rest on the runway of Dubai International Airport after a flight from Thiruvananthapuram in southern India.

The aisles of the plane are packed with a crush of people, some of them screaming, and oxygen masks have deployed from the ceiling of the cabin, which is dimly lit as electric lighting has been extinguished.

The passenger who took the video keeps his camera on as he slides down an inflatable emergency chute from a door of the plane, past a wing on which an engine can be seen burning.

At the bottom of the chute, passengers shout out as they search for relatives and help each other away from the crash site.

All 300 passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the plane, though one firefighter was killed on the ground. Authorities said they were investigating Wednesday's crash, which occurred after the crew apparently attempted unsuccessfully to abort a landing.

Traffic at Dubai airport remained disrupted Thursday with 237 flights cancelled. Dubai Airports authority said it cancelled 116 arriving flights and another 121 departing since the accident just after midday Wednesday, while 44 planes were diverted to nearby Emirati airports.  

The airport resumed operations with reduced capacity around four hours after Wednesday's incident. 

"DXB (Dubai International’s code) continues to operate with one runway with higher priority for arriving flights and wide-bodied aircraft to maximise the utilisation of available capacity and ease congestion inside the terminals,” Dubai Airports said in a statement.

It expected operations to return to normal in two days.  

“The airport is expected to be on recovery mode for the next 48 hours with efforts in full swing to clear the backlogged flights,” it said.  

DXB is the world’s largest air hub in terms of international passengers, and is the base for Emirates, which serves more than 153 destinations.