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Emirates chairman leads flydubai crisis response

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Group, is leading the team assigned for the flydubai plane crash.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Group (file photo).
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Group (file photo).

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Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Group, has said he is leading the team assigned for the flydubai plane crash.

The flydubai Boeing 737 crashed at Rostov-on-Don airport, Russia, Saturday killing all 62 people on-board.

The senior official said in a statement carried by news agency WAM that the Dubai Government "will spare no effort to provide the families of the victims of the crash with all forms of support".

"We have taken all necessary measures in accordance with the crisis response mechanism," he said, adding that the team had been put together for crisis management and information gathering tasks.

Saif Mohamad Al Suwaidi, director general of the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority, added that the UAE Embassy in Russia has opened an office to follow the developments of the plane crash, provide support for the families of the victims and respond to all enquiries.

Al Suwaidi said: "The accident was likely caused by poor weather, but we are not confirming. We are moving based on facts."

Flydubai's flight FZ981, operated by a Boeing 737-800, from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don crashed while it was attempting to land, killing everyone on board.

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