5 Injured as Emirates Airline Jet Stairway Collapses, Crashes Into Engine

March 3, 2018 Updated: October 5, 2018

Five people were injured when a boarding stairway collapsed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

The Emirates airline flight EK615 was about to depart for Dubai, when the stairs collapsed, causing passengers to fall on the tarmac.

Four of the injured were passengers, Muhammad Latif, Kulsoom Beghum, Bilqees Akhtar, and Rafia Bibi. Bibi, a 59-year-old American citizen, suffered head injuries, The Express Tribune reported. A loader, only identified as Qamar, was the fifth injured.

All the injured passengers were taken to Benazir Bhutto Hospital, according to rescue officials.

Photos from the scene showed the stairway toppled over on its side. Other pictures also show damage to the plane’s engine inlet.

“EK615 has been delayed as a result and customers will be rebooked on alternate flights. Emirates apologises for the inconvenience caused. The safety of our customers, crew and staff is of utmost importance and will not be compromised,” the Emirates said in a statement reported by Khaleej Times.


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