Sunday, September 04, 2016

Indian expats in RAK pay tribute to hero Emirates crash firefighter

Dubai: Thousands of Indian expatriates gathered in Ras Al Khaimah last week to pay tribute to an Emirati firefighter who died while saving passengers from the Emirates flight that caught fire after landing at Dubai International Airport last month.

Around 2,000 people attended a ceremony to honour Jassim Al Baloushi, 27, who was among fire crews who tackled the blaze on board Emirates flight EK521. The Boeing 777-300 from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India, burst into flames moments after landing on August 3.

"What Jassim has done, only great men can do. Today is a special occasion to pay tribute to our national hero, to our brother, our son," said Sheikh Saleem Bin Sultan Al Qassimi, chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation in RAK.

"It really touched my heart when I saw such a large number of people gathered to pay tribute to Jassim," he said.

As well as the firefighter’s parents and brothers, who live in RAK, Kerala state minister VS Sunil Kumar and Mohammed Hashimi, General Manager of Emirates Airlines, Haydn Beynon, Head of Fire services at Dubai Airports, Ebrahim Al Khasraj, Deputy Chief Fire Officer – Dubai Aviation Civil Defence, Major Faisal Abdullah, Dubai Civil Defence Director, and Saleh Alyoon, Deputy Director of the RAK Cultural centre, where the event was held, were also present.
04/09/16 Amna Ehtesham Khaishgi/National
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