By Sarah Townsend
Civil aviation authority tells UAE residents not to publish EK521 crash pictures online
UAE residents have been instructed not to post videos, news or photographs of aviation accidents in the aftermath of the Emirates crash landing on Wednesday.
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) warned that such action was punishable under UAE law.
It posted on its Twitter page on Thursday: “#GCAA warns all residence [sic] in the #UAE to stop abusing social networks by publishing videos, news or pictures of aviation’s accidents.”
It added: “Sharing such practices is considered to be irresponsible and disrespectful to the victims, and is punishable under #UAE law.
The instruction comes after Emirates Flight EK521 from India crash landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday, due to a possible problem with its landing gear that has yet to be confirmed.
Photographs and videos are circulating on social media showing the plane apparently sliding on its belly after it touched down on the runway at 12.45pm yesterday, and engulfed in black smoke after a fire erupted shortly afterwards.
Eyewitnesses have continued to share their experiences via Twitter and Instagram, for example, there are numerous videos showing the inside of the plane as passengers were evacuated from the aircraft.
Emirates has said all 300 passengers and crew were evacuated safely and five are being treated in hospital.
An investigation is taking place to ascertain the cause of the incident.