Cash for crew’s families
Fundraising site for flydubai victims raises Dhs200,000
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