HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, released more details about the accident at a news conference on Wednesday evening.
He told journalists gathered at the Meridien Airport Hotel that all passengers and crew have been accounted for. He also said one crew member who was thought to be missing has been found.
Sheikh Ahmed said: “Around 10 people remain in hospital and the missing crew member has been found. There was confusion about which hospital he was in.”
He said that there was no fire on board the aircraft until after it hit the tarmac. He also spoke about the experience of the captain and first officer, saying they each had about 7,000 hours in the air.
Sheikh Ahmed said the Boeing 777 was delivered to the airline in 2003 and has passed all the necessary safety checks.
He also that it was possible that “windshear” – a sudden change in direction and speed of the wind – could have caused the aircraft to get into difficulty, “but it’s not clear yet… we need to clarify that from the recording from the tower”, he added.
Describing the disruption at the airport, he said: “Due to the incident, the airport was closed for approximately five and a half hours until 6.30pm local time. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to our customers and appreciate their support and understanding.
“We will post updates to flights on social media as they come.”
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