Cash for crew’s fam­i­lies

Fundrais­ing site for fly­dubai vic­tims raises Dhs200,000

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By 7DAYS News Team @7DAYSUAE

A fundrais­ing cam­paign to sup­port the fam­i­lies of the fly­dubai crew killed in Satur­day’s crash has raised more than Dhs200,000.

The drive was set up by Dubai-based fly­dubai Cap­tain Sacha Kham­nei, who said he and other fly­ing crew wanted to “pro­vide all the sup­port pos­si­ble to the fam­i­lies of the lost crew in this tragic and dif­fi­cult time”. He and other sup­port­ers have set a goal of more than Dhs500,000.

The two pi­lots of flight FZ981 and five crew died along­side 55 pas­sen­gers when the plane crashed in Ros­tov-on-Don. Last night, the Govern­ment of Dubai Me­dia Of­fice said fly­dubai would re­sume flights to the south­ern Rus­sian city to­day.

Kham­nei said that he did not know the crew of FZ981 that well, telling Rus­sia To­day: “But that doesn’t mat­ter in the pi­lot­ing world or even the crew world. We’re not a big team, there’s not many of us out there and we do feel like a big fam­ily and this is just one way we could do some­thing for each other.”

One con­trib­u­tor, David Part­ing­ton, a teacher from Dubai, wrote on the site: “Th­ese fam­i­lies are all ex­pats and will prob­a­bly have lost the main bread­win­ner in their house­hold.”

Part­ing­ton added: “Apart from the shock and grief they will be suf­fer­ing they will have a lot of prac­ti­cal de­ci­sions that will have to be made and thanks to peo­ple like Sacha Kham­nei this side of things will be a bit smoother for them.” Ines Gar­cia de Paco, who said she was a chief stew­ardess at Ibe­ria, added: “I just want you to thank you for think­ing of our col­leagues’ fam­i­lies.” In other de­vel­op­ments yes­ter­day, Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev told of­fi­cials to look at whether Rus­sia's flight safety rules need to be tight­ened in light of the tragedy, Reuters re­ported. He was quoted as say­ing that if “tech­no­log­i­cal is­sues” are found dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, then “pro­pos­als should be made to the govern­ment so that some amend­ments can be made to tech­ni­cal equip­ment, if that's needed, or to the rules that ex­ist in our coun­try’s avi­a­tion.”

MOURNED: Clock­wise from top, flight FZ981 crew mem­bers Aris­tos Sokra­tous,

Maxim Au­drus, Javier Ale­jan­dro Curbelo Caro, Ale­jan­dro Alava Cruz and Alex Do­minic Yo­ram Con­faid

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