Flydubai, a sister firm of Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates Airlines said, in a statement on Sunday, that at present its priority is to identify and contact the families of the 62 victims on board the ill fated flight FZ981 bound for Russia that crashed after missing the runway in bad weather, and provide an immediate $20,000 support to those affected.
“Flydubai will additionally organise a programme of hardship payments to the families amounting to USD 20,000 per passenger, in accordance with our Conditions of Carriage, with the aim of addressing immediate financial needs,” the statement said.
The Boeing 737-800, which took off from her for the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, exploded into a fireball early Saturday after it was believed to have missed the runway amid bad weather during its second attempt to land after circling for several hours.
All 55 passengers and seven crew members on board the airliner were declared instantly dead. The deceased, that included Indians Mohan Shyam and his wife Anju Kathirvel Aiyappa, were mostly Russians.
The passengers included 33 women, 18 men and four children while of the seven crew members, five were men and two were women.