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Dubai airport officials deserve full praise: paper

posted on 06/08/2016: 2110 views



A local newspaper yesterday praised Dubai airport officials for dealing with the fallout from the hard landing and fire on an Emirates Airline Boeing 777 aircraft at Dubai International Airport on Wednesday in a swift, professional and transparent manner, and paid a tribute to an Emirati fighter who died fighting the fire that swept through the stricken aircraft.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, relatives and friends of a brave firefighter, Jassim Al Bloushi, who died fighting the fire that swept through the stricken aircraft. He died a true hero and those who mourn his memory should take solace and comfort from the fact that his ultimate sacrifice helped save the lives of all 300 on the plane that travelled from Thivurananthapuram in India," the Dubai-based newspaper, Gulf News, said in an editorial comment.

The English-language paper added that Al Bloushi and his fellow firefighters are trained for such an event, and their professionalism meant that the fire was quickly brought under control, preventing any further loss of life. "Airport officials also brought all of their training and professionalism to bear in dealing with evacuation from the plane and the extent of emergency preparedness and well-choreographed and rehearsed plans showed that being prepared and alert pay off."

That Emirates Airline responded so swiftly and professionally shows that their planning and preparation also worked. So too with Dubai Airports staff, faced with an unprecedented backlog, the paper noted.

It said that officials from Emirates Airline and International Airport acted quickly and in a fully transparent manner, offering information and updates when they needed to be released.

"For this openness, they deserve credit. Naturally, the loss of one of two operational runways at the world's busiest airport presented a set of sudden challenges that appeared to have knock-on effects globally," the paper added. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395298521530.html

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