DUBAI // The names of the passengers and crew of the fatal FlyDubai flight FZ981 that crashed in Russia on Saturday have been officially released by the airline.
The accident at Rostov-on-Don airport resulted in the deaths of all 62 people on board.
Among the dead were the captain Aristos Sokratous from Cyprus, first officer Alejandro Alava Cruz and senior cabin crew Javier Curbelo Caro, both from Spain.
The cabin crew were Maxim Aydrus from Russia, Alex Confait from the Seychelles, Laura De La Cruz Roca from Colombia, and Zhyldyz Nasirdinova from Kyrgyzstan.
In a statement on the low-cost carrier’s website, the airline said the names of the crew and the passengers have been released after all next of kin were contacted.
“Flydubai would like to express once again its deepest sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, the airline’s chief executive.
“The families of all those who have been affected by flight FZ981 remain our top priority. We would also like to express our gratitude for the work of the Russian officials, local authorities, emergency services and volunteers in difficult conditions in the aftermath of the accident and we continue to offer our support to them.”
The carrier has opened a Family Assistance Centre in Rostov-on-Don to provide support and help to the bereaved.
“We would like to ask that the families and friends of those affected by this sad event are given the time and space they need to grieve,” said the statement on the Flydubai website.
It said it would provide further updates as they become available.
Relatives are can contact the airline’s family assistance centre on 8 800 333 42 12, from inside Russia, or +44 20 3450 8853 from the UK, or +971 4 293 4100 from the UAE.
Source: uae news