‘Flames and smoke were pour­ing out’

Fire­fighter tells of tack­ling blaze at Dubai air­port

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi

A fire­man who was badly hurt in the blaze at Dubai air­port has told how he and his team pulled pas­sen­gers from the burn­ing plane.

The Emi­rates flight from In­dia burst in to flames af­ter an emer­gency land­ing about 12.45pm yes­ter­day.

Taimor Ab­d­u­al­lah Jaweed, 36, was among those called to tackle the fire. He was badly burned, while an­other civil de­fence mem­ber, Jasim Issa Mo­hammed, was also hurt and died from his in­juries.

Jaweed told 7DAYS: “I was so busy get­ting the pas­sen­gers out of the air­plane, I got burned on one side of my body side and my back is se­verely in­jured. How­ever, I didn’t feel any pain un­til our fire­fighter team evac­u­ated all pas­sen­gers and put out the fire.”

Jaweed spoke from his bed at Rashid Hos­pi­tal, Dubai, where he was be­ing treated.

Jaweed said: “We Dubai air­port fire­fight­ers worked to­gether to put the fire out. “We couldn’t see prop­erly from the smoke, there was lots of it.” Jaweed said he sus­pects the fire that in­jured him was from the fuel in­side the plane’s tank, which was ig­nited by ex­treme heat. No of­fi­cial cause of the crash and fire, though, had been re­leased at the time of go­ing to press. Jaweed said: “The Emi­rates pas­sen­ger plane burst into flames as it landed at Dubai air­port. The scene was kind of dra­matic. “There were flames and huge plumes of black smoke pour­ing from the plane. “We pri­ori­tised get­ting out the pas­sen­gers safely of the plane. And thank­fully the 300 pas­sen­gers and the plane crew were evac­u­ated quickly.” Jaweed added: “I thank God for be­ing alive. I will take any kind of risk to help or save a hu­man be­ing when­ever I go back to my job.” His fa­ther, Ab­d­u­al­lah, said: “I am hon­oured to see my son help­ing oth­ers. He has been like this was since he was a kid. Jaweed has lived in the UAE all his life.”

BPA Au­dited

RE­COV­ER­ING: Taimor Ab­d­u­al­lah Jaweed

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