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Humanity stands intact amid ruins

delhi Updated: May 25, 2010 01:07 IST
Anshika Misra
Anshika Misra
Hindustan Times
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Local villager Suresh on Monday went to the hospital to see accident survivor Joel D’Souza, riding the same motorcycle he had when he saved the latter’s life on the crash day.

On Saturday he had injured D'Souza seated behind when he took him to the airport's arrival wing, to be taken for treatment.

On Monday, D’Souza’s mother was behind Suresh when he took her to hospital on his motorcycle. “Suresh saved my brother’s life. We didn’t know his name till he came to the hospital today (Monday),” said Joel’s elder brother, Prashant, who flew in from Abu Dhabi.

Joel (24) ate his first solid meal, chicken biryani, on Monday afternoon. With a fractured right leg and injured spine, he will spend a few more days in hospital before heading to his Mangalore home.

For Krishnan Koolikunnnu (47), fear of flying will remain. His injuries — a dislocated shoulder, burns and three stitches on the forehead — might heal soon but the crash, he says, will haunt him. “I was hanging upside down by the seatbelt when the plane turned turtle,” he said as his wife and two daughters, who rushed from Kasaragod, showered attention on him at the SCS Hospital.

A floor below at the hospital lay Pradeep G. Kotian (28), who had burn injuries on his hand, one ear, stomach and forehead. “I just jumped out of a gap in the plane when I saw light coming through it,” said the Dubai-based technician, who will attend the wedding of his brother, Chandrakant, on May 27.

The timely intervention of railway trackman N. Sayed Ahmed Bilal saved K.P. Mayankutty’s life. Bilal arranged for a Maruti car to ferry him to hospital. The railways ministry has announced a cash award of Rs 25,000 for Bilal.

The first person Mayankutty called after jumping out of the plane was his wife, B. Fatoon. “I told her I was alive.” In September, the couple celebrates their 25th wedding anniversary.

Abdul Ismail’s dislocated shoulder hasn’t allowed him to sleep. “He cannot lie down. The pain is unbearable,” said his brother Kader. Having undergone a MRI scan at the KS Hegde hospital, Ismail will now be given sleeping pills.