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Disbelief gives way to shocking tragedy

india Updated: May 27, 2011 00:15 IST
Jatin Anand

It was a seemingly innocuous evening that, on the face of it, was just more windy than usual. Four friends, residing in the heart of Parvatiya Colony in Faridabad, were on a small terrace as they gazed at the star-lit sky.

Harvinder Singh, Nishant Kumar, Omkar Singh and Vicky had no premonition that the same sky would wreak upon them and their families, a horrid ‘bolt from the blue’ that, in a single stroke, left 10 dead and several injured.

“We had just had dinner and had met on my terrace to catch up around 10.30pm when we saw a small aircraft swaying wildly in the sky,” recalled Vicky as he helped Harvinder, who broke his arms and suffered superficial burn injuries on his face and arms, to some water at the BK Hospital on Thursday.

At first, the trio thought it was some lover-boy pilot trying to impress his ladylove somewhere on a terrace in an adjoining sector. Taking his cue from Harvinder, Vicky had just started telling his friends about one such case in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

“I was telling Nishant, Omkar and Harvinder about the time when a commercial pilot’s wings were clipped because he’d risked crashing a small, private plane in a bid to drop a love letter on his girlfriend’s terrace. We were laughing when the plane actually crashed about 200 metres away from us,” said Vicky.

The gang and everyone in the small colony watched in disbelief as the air ambulance burst into flames and landed dangerously nearby.

“My husband and his friends suddenly realised that the plane had fallen on the house where Nishant lives with his family.

They jumped into its courtyard from the terrace and tried to crawl inside the aircraft to try and save those inside — but that was not to be,” said Mithilesh Devi, wife of Omkar, who suffered major burns.

The same fate befell Satish Kumar, 18, on his maiden trip to the home of his only sister’s in-laws. “The plane fell on my sister Rani’s terrace. I ran inside the house and had clutched a part of a saree — one of the few that we had gifted to her when she married four months ago. But there was only debris at the other end,” said Kumar who broke his right leg in the process.