‘Flames and smoke were pouring out’
Firefighter tells of tackling blaze at Dubai airport
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.”
RECOVERING: Taimor Abduallah Jaweed