Dubai: India’s Consul General in Dubai today met the family of the fire fighter who lost his life while rescuing passengers on board the Emirates plane that crash landed here and lauded the valour shown by him.
Jasim Elsa Al Baloushi died during firefighting operations after the Emirates aircraft carrying 300 people, including 226 Indians, caught fire while landing at Dubai International airport on August 3.
282 passengers and 18 crew members had a miraculous escape when flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai made the crash-landing. The Boeing 777-300 aircraft caught fire on the runway shortly after landing.
All 300 people on board escaped the aircraft before it was destroyed by the fire.
Consul General of India, Dubai, Anurag Bhushan, visited the house of Jasim Elsa Al Baloushi.
Bhushan, who was accompanied by Deputy Consul General Muraleedharan K, extended deepest condolences to his family on behalf of the Indian community in the UAE.
The two diplomats met Elsa Al Baloushi, the father of the fire fighter, his close relatives and friends to convey their condolences.
According to a statement released by the Consulate, Baloushi’s family members also expressed their gratitude for the visit of the Indian diplomats.
“Consul General conveyed his gratitude and appreciation on behalf of the Government of India and all Indians for the invaluable service provided by Mr Jasim Elsa Al Baloushi (late) in rescuing the 282 passengers, including 226 Indian nationals,” the statement said.
He also conveyed that the Indian community in the UAE is highly appreciative of the valour shown by Baloushi.
Bhushan said Baloushi will be remembered for his brave deed.