Jassim Eissa al-Baloushi, a firefighter from Ras al-Khaima, died while responding to one of the carrier’s airplanes crash-landing in Dubai. Hundreds gather for hero firefighter’s funeral, paying their tribute to the beloved son and brother at Sheikh Rashid Mosque in his hometown of Kharran, Ras al Khaimah. The chairman and CEO of Emirates airline, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, also told a news conference on Wednesday night that 10 people were hospitalized after the incident at Dubai International Airport earlier in the day.
The accident happened as Flight EK521, a Boeing 777, was arriving from Thiruvananthapuram, south of India. There were 300 people on board the aircraft at the time, included 226 from India, 24 Britons and 11 Emiratis. There were six people each from the United States and Saudi Arabia, five from Turkey and four from Ireland. Two people each came from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Malaysia and Thailand, and one each from Croatia, Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland and Tunisia.
Dubai’s ruler, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, writes that Emiratis should be proud of al-Baloushi’s sacrifice while
performing his duty in protecting life and saving people.
Emirates said the accident happened around 12:45 p.m. local time as Flight EK521 was arriving from the southern Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram. It confirmed that “all passengers and crew are accounted for and safe,” but gave no details of what went wrong.
Video posted online shows black smoke billowing from what looked like an Emirates jetliner lying on its belly on the runway.