The lucky 8

All the 8 air crash survivors cannot believe that they are the lucky ones who survived the accident.

When contacted in KMC hospital on the following day of mishap, Sabrina Nasrin Huq, a 23-year old medical student doing her internship at KMC Manipal (at that time) called it a ‘great escape’. Sabrina, a Bangladeshi native settled in Dubai was returning after her vacations.

“I was fast asleep. I opened my eyes to the announcement that the flight was landing. Suddenly the flight started staggering and jerking profusely and I felt there was a fall. When the commotion came to a stand still, I was hypnotised. It made no sense to me. I still don’t remember what I saw in the flight at that particular time. I saw an opening. I squeezed myself through that opening and was out,” Sabrina said and narrated that she could see couple of farmers in a farm and started walking towards them.

“I must have walked some distance and collapsed. The farmers must have got me to hospital,” she had said. However, she was not available for comment as she has already returned after completion of her course in KMC, Manipal.
In fact, all the survivors were of the same opinion, when they were contacted, a day or two after the mishap.

Better if dead

But today, after an year, Pradeep G K, Joel Pratap D’Souza and Umer Farooq are frustrated a lot.

Though they were assured of jobs by none other than Air India Chairman and Managing Director soon after the crash, they have not heard from Air India till date.

In fact, Ashraf, quoting his brother Umer Farooq, said that it would have been better if he was dead in the air crash. “Living after the crash, without a job is hell,” he said.

Farooq worked in Dubai for 4 years and was coming to Mangalore to set right minor problem in his visa, when the aircraft crashed.

When contacted, Pradeep said that though he looks healthy he can’t take up any hard work as he does not have enough strength in his hands, after the crash. Joel too is of the same opinion.

Pradeep J Kotian was coming home on an emergency leave for his brother’s wedding that is to take place on May 27, 2010.

Both have been waiting to hear from Air India and they have not left any stone unturned, but in vain.

However, Mohammed Usman, a resident of Karkala, but presently staying in Mangalore, said that he will be returning to Dubai soon.

He was working as a manager of a transport company, but now he will joining a different company, he said.

Most of the survivors except Sabrina Nasrin Huq are expected to take part in the condolence meeting scheduled be held by the Mangalore Air Crash Victims’ Families
Association in Mangalore on May 21.

Condolence meet today

The Mangalore Air Crash Victims’ Families Association has organised a condolence meet to mark the first anniversary of the tragic air crash at Sahodaya Hall, near Karnataka Theological College in Balmatta on May 21 at 10.30 am.

According to a press release, Raja Yogini Brahma Kumari P K Nirmala C, Janab Abdul Aziz Faizi and Rev Fr Ravi Santhosh Kamath SJ, would invoke blessings while MAHE former vice chancellor Dr B M Hegde will preside over the programme.

For more information, contact Varadaraj - 9901143622; Abdul Raheman - 9036685714; Habeeb Rahman - 9731610164; or Mahammad Beary - 9880314522.

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