Hugs, selfies and tears after Indians stranded in Brussels return home
A Jet Airways aircraft on Friday brought back 242 Indians including 28 crew members stranded following the deadly terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday.india Updated: Mar 26, 2016 01:06 IST
Jet Airways on Friday successfully evacuated all its passengers stranded in Brussels as the airline operated multiple flights out of Amsterdam to India and Toronto.
A total 242 Indians, including 28 crew members, who were stranded following the terror strikes in the Belgian capital returned to Delhi on Friday morning.
It was an emotional homecoming for the first batch of Indians stuck in terror-struck Belgium on Friday morning at the Mumbai airport.
The flight 9W 1229 carrying 214 passengers left the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam around 10pm on Thursday. The flight stopped by at Delhi, before arriving in the city.
“The arrival terminal was filled with people exchanging hugs, posing for group selfies and a few of them also broke down,” said an airport official.
J.S.Mukul Indian Ambassador in The Hague and his team has done a remarkable job in coordination and evacuation of Indian nationals.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 25, 2016
Powai resident Sakshi Singh, who was stuck in Brussels for two days, arrived with her husband. “My parents are flying down from Delhi to see us. They were extremely worried for us,” said Singh. She had joined her husband for a vacation in the US and got stuck at Brussels during a stopover. “The blasts happened soon after we landed in Brussels,” she added.
Meanwhile, the condition of 40-year-old crew member Nidhi Chaphekar who was injured along with her junior colleague Amit Motwani during the two explosions at the Brussels airport is said to be stable. Motwani has also been shifted to a normal ward from the ICU at the hospital in Brussels where he is being treated.
Flight 9W 1229 from Amsterdam, which landed here this morning, also carried onboard the passengers who were bound for Mumbai as their flight was cancelled at the last minute due to a technical problem in the aircraft.
“Jet Airways will now operate a single flight which will fly from Amsterdam to Delhi and then proceed onward to Mumbai,” the airline had said in an earlier update.
(With agency inputs)