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flydubai offers US$20,000 to each crash victim’s family

Women cry as they pay a tribute to victims of an air-crash at the Rostov-on-Don airport entrance on March 20, 2016. A flydubai passenger Boeing jet crashed early on March 19, 2016 as it attempted to land in bad weather in southern Russia, killing all 62 people on board in the latest air disaster to hit the country. / AFP / SERGEI VENYAVSKY

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flydubai has announced that it is organising a programme of hardship payments to the families of the passengers of the plane which crashed early Saturday at Rostov-on-Don Airport, in Russia. The carrier said that it would allocate US$20,000 per passenger, in accordance with the Conditions of Carriage. The move aims to address any immediate financial needs of the affected families.
In its statement, flydubai said, “At present, our priority is to identify and contact the families of those lost in the tragic accident, and provide immediate support to those affected.”
In this regard, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, has released a statement updating the situation regarding the crash of Flight FZ981 at Rostov-on-Don.
“In the immediate aftermath of the accident, we have been focusing on two key priorities; care for all those who have been affected by the accident and support for the investigating authorities as they work to identify the cause,” said Ghaith.
“To begin with, we are working to establish how we can most effectively provide care and support to the families of the 55 passengers and 7 crew members who lost their lives. We now have our own specially trained Care Teams both on the ground in Rostov-on-Don and in Dubai. We are making arrangements for the families who wish to visit the scene of the accident, to do so. We would ask that at such a sensitive time all the families be given the space they need to grieve,” he further added.
“Throughout Saturday, efforts were also made to contact as many family members as possible and those efforts are continuing. As we mentioned yesterday, we are not going to release the names of passengers until we know their families have been told first,” Ghaith said.
He further added, “As far as the investigation is concerned, we have specialists from our engineering, safety and security departments on the ground at the crash site.”

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