Fatal Plane Crashes and Significant Events
Since 1985 for Emirates Airlines

The following are either fatal events involving at least one passenger death or significant safety occurrences involving the airline. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs. The passenger fatalities in the numbered events may be due to accidents, hijackings, sabotage, or military action. The events that are not numbered may or may not include fatalities, and are included because they meet the criteria of a significant event as defined by AirSafe.com

    9 April 2004; Emirates A340-300; Flight 764; Johannesburg, South Africa: This was a scheduled international flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The aircraft was not able to get airborne until about 150 meters (500 feet) past the end of the runway. The landing gear sustained minor damage after hitting some of the approach lights in the overrun area. The aircraft returned to the airport for an emergency landing, and none of the 260 passengers and 14 crew on board were injured. The South African Civil Aviation Authority’s final report indicated that the overrun was due to an erroneous takeoff technique employed by the flying pilot. For both pilots it was only their second flight in an A340-300, and it was the flying pilot's first flight in this type of aircraft in that role. This event was classified by the South African authorities as an incident rather than an accident.
    Airbus A340 Plane Crashes and Significant Events
    Incident Details from Flightglobal

    20 March 2009; Emirates A340-500; Flight 407; Melbourne, Australia: This was a scheduled international flight from Melbourne, Australia to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The aircraft experienced multiple tail strikes during takeoff, and the crew returned to the departure airport. Although none of the 257 passengers or 18 crew members were injured, the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) categorized this event as an accident and launched a full investigation.
    Accident Details from the AirSafe.com News
    Abstract of Preliminary Report
    Media Release from 30 April 2009
    Preliminary Accident Report
    Audio of ATSB Briefing from 30 April 2009
    Airbus A340 Plane Crashes and Significant Events

Plane Crashes and Significant Safety Events Since 1985 for Emirates
http://airsafe.com/events/airlines/emirates.htm -- Revised: 5 May 2009