FIRST HULL LOSS FOR ONE OF THE SAFEST AIR­LINES

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The emer­gency land­ing of Flight EK521 marks the first time that Emi­rates - which has one of the world’s best avi­a­tion safety records - has lost an air­craft hull. To date, the air­line has only en­coun­tered mi­nor in­ci­dents. Emi­rates has a fleet of more than 251 air­craft al­to­gether, and is the world’s largest op­er­a­tor of the 777 vari­ants, with about 150. Boe­ing’s 777 se­ries is the world’s largest twin-jet en­gine, the most or­dered wide-body air­liner in pro­duc­tion and the most-used wide-body plane to­day. The air­craft is one of the safest jets in the world. Among the few 777’s hull losses was an Asiana Air­lines Flight 214 ac­ci­dent in July 2013. Three peo­ple lost their lives when it crashed in San Fran­cisco. No tech­ni­cal fault was found and pi­lot er­ror was blamed. When Emi­rates took de­liv­ery of its 150th Boe­ing 777 last year, air­line pres­i­dent Sir Tim Clark said the car­rier has “en­joyed a strong and long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with Boe­ing on the 777 pro­gramme”.

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