Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Firefighter dies responding to Emirates plane fire at Dubai airport

Dubai: One of the firefighters who responded to the fire onboard a plane at Dubai airport on Wednesday has died.

The General Civil Aviation Authority said the firefighter had "lost his life while saving the lives of others".

"I salute his ultimate sacrifice that kept many from harm’s way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family," said Saif Al Suwaidi, director general of the authority.

Investigators from the authority are working with Emirates and Dubai International Airport to determine the cause of the accident which left thirteen injured, officials said.

Flight EK521 was carrying 300 people when it caught fire on the runway during landing at about 12.45pm, and later exploded. Reports had suggested that it landed without landing gear.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, chairman and chief executive of Emirates, said everyone onboard was safe.

"We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe," he said via video statement.

During a press conference about the incident, Sheikh Ahmed said the Emirati pilot was experienced and had more than 7,000 flight hours.
03/08/16 Dana Moukhallati , Nadeem Hanif and Naser Al Remeithi/National
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