Updated: Emirates plane billowing smoke at Malta airport

Luke Zerafa

According to Newsbook.com.mt sources, an Emirates airplane was billowing smoke at the Malta International Airport. Aviation news portal Horizon confirmed the incident saying that the smoke was coming out of the plane’s APU exhaust door.

A spokesperson for the airline said that technical fault developed while the plane was landing. He stressed that all passengers were brought to safety. Engineers were on site to see to the airplane so that it would resume flights without any further delay.

A Malta International Airport spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that smoke was reported on an emirates aircraft at 1.41pm when all passengers had already disembarked. The MIA rescue and Fire-fighting Services Team controlled the situation “within a few minutes”. She also said that there were no reported injuries and while operations were temporarily suspended at the time, “operations are now back to normal”.

The same sources also said that it was probably the auxiliary power unit which caught fire. The webcam showing the airport apron was not accessible on the airport website at the time, but has since gone live once again.


According to the MIA website, the only Emirates flight to arrive in Malta today after 1pm was flight EK109 from Dubai/Larnaca. This plane arrived at 1.03pm.


A Police spokesperson told Newsbook.com.mt that it had not been informed of the incident.

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Posted by Horizon on Wednesday, March 6, 2019