Bodies of Saudi Arabian Airlines crew killed in Sri Lanka attacks arrive in the Kingdom

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Hajer Aziz, who was injured in the Sri Lanka attacks was greeted by family and colleagues after she landed back in Jeddah. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Hajer Aziz, who was injured in the Sri Lanka attacks was greeted by family and colleagues after she landed back in Jeddah. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Hajer Aziz, who was injured in the Sri Lanka attacks was greeted by family and colleagues after she landed back in Jeddah. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Hajer Aziz, who was injured in the Sri Lanka attacks was greeted by family and colleagues after she landed back in Jeddah. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Tearful Saudi Arabian Airlines staff greeted the bodies of their colleagues and injured stewardess Hajer Aziz. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Tearful Saudi Arabian Airlines staff greeted the bodies of their colleagues and injured stewardess Hajer Aziz. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Tearful Saudi Arabian Airlines staff greeted the bodies of their colleagues and injured stewardess Hajer Aziz. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Tearful Saudi Arabian Airlines staff greeted the bodies of their colleagues and injured stewardess Hajer Aziz. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
Updated 27 April 2019
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Bodies of Saudi Arabian Airlines crew killed in Sri Lanka attacks arrive in the Kingdom

  • Cabin manager Ahmed Zain Jaafari and  steward Hani Maged Othman died in one of the hotels targeted by extremists
  • A crew member injured in the attacks, Hajer Aziz, was greeted by colleagues and family

JEDDAH: The bodies of two Saudi Arabian Airlines cabin crew killed in the Sri Lanka bombings have arrived back in the Kingdom.

Cabin manager Ahmed Zain Jaafari and  steward Hani Maged Othman, were in one of the hotels targeted by extremists. A crew member injured in the attacks, Hajer Aziz, also arrived home.

Tearful colleagues greeted their return late Thursday night at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

Pictures showed Aziz arriving in a wheelchair before tearfully hugging two children.

She was then taken from the airport in an ambulance.

The string of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday targeted three churches and four hotels, killing 253 people. 

On Tuesday, the Saudia director general Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser praised the two dead crew for their service to the company and country.

“Myself, the entire management team and all of the team members of Saudi Arabia Airlines are with very heavy hearts, filled with deep sorrow,” Al-Jasser said.

Ahmed Zain Jaafari and Hani Maged Othman were killed in the attacks. (Saudia)

 


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s 1st flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s 1st flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.