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Sheikh Mohammed pays tribute to firefighter who died in aircraft blaze

Jassim Issa Al Balooshi was killed following crash-landing in Dubai on Wednesday

Sheikh Mohammed pays tribute to firefighter who died in aircraft blaze
Jassim Issa Al Balooshi, the firefighter who lost his life in the putting out the aircraft fire at Dubai airport. Image: Dubai Media Office.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has offered his condolences to the family of the firefighter killed while extinguishing the fire on Emirate Flight EK521 after it crash-landed in Dubai on Wednesday.

Emirates chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed told a press conference on Wednesday evening that firefighter Jassim Issa Al Balooshi had died putting out a fire that broke out on the plane after it touched down in a “heavy landing” at 12.45pm.

Sheikh Mohammed wrote on his Twitter account: “We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the martyr of the nation, firefighter Jassim Issa Al Balooshi. And we ask God to inspire patience and fortitude on his bereaved family.”

He added: “We are proud of our youth and their sacrifices while performing their duties in protecting the lives and saving people. This country has men to be proud of for generations.”

State news agency WAM reported that General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of the Interior, had also offered his condolences to Al Balooshi’s family, and also praised Emirates for its handling of the emergency.

All 300 passengers and crew were evacuated from the plane – reportedly in as little as 90 seconds – and are being supported by Emirates airline and the authorities.

Sheikh Saif wrote on Twitter: “I thank my brother [Sheikh] Ahmed bin Saeed, [chairman and CEO] of Emirates airline, and all the crew [for] demonstrating an integral teamwork that led to the successful dealing with the crash landing.”

Sheikh Saif also paid a rich tribute Al Balooshi, saying he will remain a symbol of manhood and sacrifice.

Paul Giriffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, speaking on Dubai Eye this morning said, "It’s
very regrettable and our thoughts go out to his family and others affected by
the incident."

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident.

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