"The news came as a real shock and we couldn't contact them for a long time," Shemir told PTI.
"When I finally managed to speak to my wife, she told me that she and the other family members were rescued by the local people," he said and thanked the authorities and the local people who rushed to his family's rescue at the site of the crash.
Shemir's wife was travelling with their two daughters and a son. His brother Safvan's wife and their daughter and a son were also on board the Vande Bharat flight from Dubai to Kozhikode.
Shemir said the family members were wounded in the crash but their injuries are not life threatening. However, they are admitted in trauma centres of three different hospitals in Calicut and Malappuram in Kerala.
"My brother's visa had expired, so we decided to send both the families together," Shemir said.
His brother 35-year-old Safvan, who works as an accountant, was not on the flight.
According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, the Boeing 737 aircraft was carrying 184 people, including 10 infants, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew.
The Indian consulates in Dubai and Sharjah have activated five helpline numbers to provide information to the family members of the deceased and the injured passengers.
Meanwhile, Muneer, another expatriate whose sister-in-law Manal was in the flight, said his brother and family are "beyond consolable".
"We do not know what has happened to her. I had lunch with her and my brother on Thursday night and she was really excited about going home," he said.
"There is no confirmation about anything. It is utter chaos and we are really hoping to get some news about her," Muneer was quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times.
Abdul Manaf, another Dubai expat said he was relieved to finally get in touch with his wife Hadiya, and child, who are currently in a hospital in Kozhikode.
"Such a relief after speaking to her. You can imagine what I went through after hearing the news," Manaf told Khaleej Times. They were in Dubai for four months on a visit visa.
Dubai resident Abdullah and his wife were relieved to hear from their nephew a couple of hours after the accident.
He said, "my wife's sister Zenobia Mohammed Ali with her two boys aged 4 and 15 were on the flight. The older boy Azam borrowed somebody's mobile and called us. We are glad he is fine and was in a position to talk.
"My sister-in-law and her younger son have been spotted in two separate hospitals in Calicut. Our relatives there are trying to locate them. We don't know what kind of injuries they have sustained but we are just indebted to God that they are alive," he said.
According to India's newly appointed Consul General to Dubai Dr Aman Puri, there were all kinds of Indians on-board the flight.
"Some were visa cancellation and expiry cases, some were travelling to meet their family members, some having lost their jobs, and some were travelling on medical emergencies," Puri told the local media.
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