Two Saudi Pilots Missing After Sri Lanka Blasts

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Two crew members working with Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia remain unaccounted for in Sri Lanka following the attacks in the country on Sunday.

In a statement on Twitter, Saudia confirmed that two crew members were missing, while a third crew member was hurt and hospitalized in Colombo with minor injuries.

On Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, coordinated bombings targeted churches, hotels and other sites, killing more than 290 people and injuring roughly 500 others.

Foreigners were among the dead, numbers till now say 35. Among the foreigners staying at one of the hotels bombed on Sunday morning were the Saudi airline crew.

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The airline crew usually stay in The Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo, according to Saudia airlines statement after landing.

The statement said two of the Saudi pilots are still “missing” and they are still looking for them, while one of the flights’ attendants who sent a distress message upon her injury saying “the guys are dead in the restaurant, please help me, call an ambulance,” Saudi media reported.

The Saudia airlines statement said that the flight attendant is being cared for in one of Colombo’s hospitals, while the search for the other two pilots is still on.

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The Saudi ambassador to Sri Lanka, Abdulnasser Al Harthi, told Al Arabiya that the rest of the Saudi crew are fine, and the search for the missing pilots is underway.

The ambassador also urged Saudi nationals to stay away from areas of large gatherings and abide by government rules.




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