DUBAI / WAM
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, â€œAt present, our priority is to identify and contact the families of those lost in the tragic accident, and provide immediate support to those affected.â€
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.
â€œIn 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,â€ said Ghaith.
â€œTo 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,â€ he further added.
â€œThroughout 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,â€ Ghaith said.
He further added, â€œAs far as the investigation is concerned, we have specialists from our engineering, safety and security departments on the ground at the crash site.â€