RAS AL KHAIMAH // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid yesterday consoled the family of an Emirati firefighter who died while trying to rescue the passengers of an Emirates airliner that crash-landed at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday.
The Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai voiced his sympathy for the family of Jassim Al Baloushi, the late 27-year-old officer, at his visit to the family’s mourning majlis in Ras Al Khaimah.
RAK ruler Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi also attended the majlis to convey his condolences to the Al Baloushi family.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, and Khalifa Suleiman, director general of the protocol and hospitality department in Dubai.
Hundreds of mourners paid respects to the late firefighter at his funeral on Thursday.
Jassim Al Baloushi, who was the eldest of three brothers (Harib, 16, and Salman, 22), had two sisters. He was popular in his community for his good deeds, high energy and love of volunteering, mourners said.
Meanwhile, a team of international experts is aiding the investigation into the incident involving Emirates Flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram, India.
The aircraft was carrying 300 people when it crash landed and caught fire on the runway.
The black boxes have been recovered and will be sent to the laboratory next week.
In India, the southern state of Kerala has saluted Al Baloushi, who has become popular in the country for his heroic act and sacrifice that cost him his life while saving others.
The Civil Defence Centre in Thrissur city, the cultural capital of Kerala, posted a huge photo of Al Baloushi on the front facade of the centre in tribute.
Al Baloushi’s photo has also gone viral on social media and in several Indian cities.
Source: uae news