Flydubai rejects rumours, says flight operations normal

March 20, 2016 4:35 pm

Refuting rumours on what could have caused the crash of flydubai’s plane bound for Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on March 19, the airline said on Sunday that an investigation into the incident was in progress and there was no room for speculation.

The Dubai-based airline’s Chief Executive Ghaith Al Ghaith said he was at the helm of the airline’s response to the incident and that engineers were at the crash site, working with Russian authorities to ascertain the cause of the incident.

“We have specialists from our safety, security and engineering departments on the ground at the site, providing assistance to the local investigation,” he added.

He rejected the claims that there was insufficient fuel and that weather conditions were not in favour of the aircraft making a landing at the airport, which is nearly 1,000 kilometres south of Moscow.

“Please give the investigators time to do their job and come out with results,” said Al Gaith while addressing a press conference held at the Dubai Media Office. He added that it “may take” months for the crash report to be published.

The CEO said the priority at the moment was support and care for the families and crew members involved in the tragic incident.

Operations normal

The CEO also said the budget airliner had not cancelled or delayed any flights following the crash of the Boeing 737-800 jet that killed all 62 people aboard.

The budget carrier would resume flights to Rostov-on-Don once the airport authorities reopened it to traffic, it said.

“We have a very high praise for the Russians since we have started operations to Russia,” Al Gaith remarked.

When asked what the airliner would do to boost trust levels, the top official said the company would focus on such matters only after concluding the investigation.


Mujeeb Rahman
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