September 3rd, 2010
01:39 PM ET

Report: Cargo plane crashes near Dubai airport

iReporter John Hullachan captured this photo near the airport after the crash.

[Updated at 1:39 p.m.] The 747-400 with two crew members on board crashed about 8 p.m. (noon ET) as it took off for Cologne, Germany, the company said in a statement. No casualties were immediately confirmed.

"Safety is a key priority for UPS," said the company's airline and international operations manager, Bob Lekites.

"This incident is very unfortunate and we will do everything we can to find the cause," Lekites said in the statement. "Our thoughts go out to the crewmembers involved in the incident and their families."

"We will also release more information as it becomes available, in cooperation with government authorities. We will not speculate about the cause. Until then, we ask for your patience in this difficult time."

iReporter captures plane crash

[Updated at 1:09 p.m.] U.S.-based UPS confirmed that the aircraft was one of the company's planes.

[Posted at 1:07 p.m.] A cargo plane has crashed in an uninhabited area near the Dubai airport, according to the official WAM news agency in the United Arab Emirates.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

- CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom and Cheryl Robinson contributed to this report.

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  1. Christopher Marshall

    It's a UPS 747-400 aircraft, departing from Dubai, UAE to Cologne, Germany. 2 Crew Aboard. Jet supposedly was dumping fuel all the way. Does not lay on a road, as many have said.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lucy Denham

    I witnessed the plane coming down as it flew over our house. The noise was deafening and I knew something was wrong so I ran outside and saw the sky light up bright orange. The plane crashed in an uninhabited area just near the corner of Al Ain and Emirates Roads. It was frighteningly close to two large housing estates called Silicon Oasis and The Villa.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RetiredFlyer

    Prayers for the crew and their families.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gunars

    picture from the plane crash http://twitpic.com/2kvqgs

    September 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fraz

    You guys can at least show the correct airport in your news coverage. The crash is near the new airport near jebel Ali DWC not the Dubai airport DXB

    September 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. M.Recardo

    The crash was 20km away from Dubai International Airport. So far it appears the pilot steered the plane away from Dubai Silicon Oasis' residential area, before it crashed in a nearby military camp.

    September 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • a-mom

      Which military camp??

      September 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AMASAT

    the plane crashed inside nud al shiba military camp not nearby , u can see it while ur goin to abu dhabi on emirates road the camp will be on ur left side

    September 9, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |