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Air India Express crash: Tales of grief, survival and bravery

Team KT

Published on August 10, 2020 at 00.01

Families of survivors thanked their stars and offered a silent prayer for the deceased and their loved ones.

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UAE expats lost their loved ones; some were informed about the deaths of multiple relatives; and some were left widowed or orphaned as Air India Express flight IX-1344 crash-landed in Kerala's Kozhikode on Friday. Men and women were left heartbroken as 18 people, including four kids and both the pilots, died in the tragedy that happened amid reduced visibility caused by heavy rains. Families of survivors thanked their stars and offered a silent prayer for the deceased and their loved ones.
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As the tragedy unfolded, locals defied Covid-19 lockdowns and foul weather to help rush the injured to the hospital. Amid the grief emerged heroes. Families of survivors thanked their stars and offered a silent prayer for the deceased and their loved ones.
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1-year-old was youngest victim

Born to Dubai residents Nijaz and Sahira Banu last year, one-year-old Azam Muhammad was taking the maiden journey to meet his maternal grandfather and other relatives, who were eagerly anticipating his arrival. Tragically, Azam - who was on his mother's lap at the time of descent - did not survive the crash.
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Dubai resident loses 2-year-old daughter

This is the final photo expat Murtaza Faisal clicked with his two-year-old daughter Ayesha Dua before she boarded the ill-fated flight. Ayesha, who had travelled with mother Sumayya Tasneemi, died at a hospital in Kozhikode. A grieving Murtaza left for Kerala on Saturday.

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Pending fines save lives of two expatriates

Two expats, Afsal P.K. (photo right) and T. Noufal, had checked in, collected their boarding passes and were ready to board the plane when they were stopped at the immigration counter because of pending fines. They were shocked to learn the plane they were to board crash-landed, killing 18 people.

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Last act of charity before flying

It was typical of Sharafu Pilassery to go out of his way to help the needy. And on the morning of August 7, he listened to his heart and pulled out the last dirhams from his wallet and asked his friend, who runs a restaurant in Sharjah, to feed the poor. While Pilassery couldn’t make it, his wife Ameena Sherin is safe but their daughter Isa Fathima is fighting for her life.

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A decorated pilot who had survived another crash

Deepak Vasant Sathe, commander of the ill-fated Air India Express flight from Dubai that crash-landed in Kerala’s Kozhikkode, was a decorated former Indian Air Force officer. He had survived an air crash in the 1990s when he was an air force pilot and was hospitalised for six months for multiple skull injuries.

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Co-pilot leaves behind a pregnant wife

Co-pilot Captain Akhilesh Kumar is survived by his wife Megha, who is pregnant. A native of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, he started flying with Air India in 2017 and was the first officer of the AI Express flight from Kozhikode-Dubai-Kozhikode in May, which was part of the first phase of the Vande Bharat Mission.

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Delayed fitness certificate saves pregnant lady

Sharjah resident Ejaz Umer and his seven-month pregnant wife Jasleena are thanking their stars for being able to sneak out of the jaws of death by postponing their flight to Kozhikode by one day. Ejaz had booked his wife on the Kozhikode-bound flight but she was unable to secure her medical certificate on time.

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Pregnant wife dies 10 days before anniversary

Athif Muhammed and his pregnant wife Manal Ahamed were set to celebrate their first wedding anniversary on August 17, but Manal had to take the ill-fated flight to exit before the visit visa amnesty deadline of August 10. A heart-broken Muhammed flew home on Saturday to see Manal one last time.

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14-year-old recalls horror of flight going down

There were violent jolts, loud screams and a strong thud after which 14-year old Hanna Sadik closed her eyes. When she opened them again, she was horrified by what she saw. “There was nothing in front of us except a gaping black hole. The aircraft split in two and the part of the plane right in front of us was gone. It was terrifying," Hanna told Khaleej Time over the phone from her hospital bed in Kozhikode. She and her three-member family - her mother Najiya Sabik, eight-year-old sister Hijza and four-year-old brother Bilal - miraculously escaped when the flight crashed while landing at Kozhikod airport. The family had travelled to Dubai on March 17 to spend the summer with their father Sabiq, a UAE resident.

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Expat overjoyed as 7 family members survive

41-year-old Shemir, who works as a logistics manager in Dubai Silicon Oasis, is exhausted but overjoyed as all the seven members of his and his brother''s family survived the crash that claimed the lives of at least 18 co-passengers on Friday. 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 flight from Dubai to Kozhikode. Shemir said the family members were wounded in the crash but their injuries are not life threatening. Read here
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Computer glitch saves many lives

Travel agent Abdul Rahman says a computer glitch saved many lives. “I had around 25 to 30 people who wanted seats on the same flight. But my system got hung and by the time I rebooted the computer, the seats were sold out. I think that saved many lives,” says Rahman.

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Locals mount rescue operation amid rains, Covid-19

Officials in Kerala have commended the efforts of locals who rushed to help with the rescue efforts as soon an Air India Express flight crash-landed in Kozhikode. They did this amid heavy rains and as the area remained under lockdown due to Covid-19. Locals ferried the severely injured passengers in taxis, ambulances and their own cars to six hospitals around the airport as "only about 40-45 could be admitted at the relief hospital and another 30-40 at Mercy". The fear of the virus did not stop them from coming forward and helping.

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