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US courage award for Neerja Bhanot

The Pan Am flight attendant had died while trying to save five children from hijackers at Karachi airport in 1986.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 22:49 IST

Pan Am flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, who died fighting hijackers at Pakistan's Karachi airport in September 1986, will be honoured with the second highest award in the US for crime victims.

Bhanot, who hailed from this city, will be posthumously conferred the 2006 Special Courage Award by the US Department of Justice. Other attendants of the flight will also get the same award, said a statement from her family.

Bhanot died while trying to save five children when the hijackers opened fire inside the Pan Am flight 20 years ago.

The award will be received by Bhanot's brothers, Aneesh and Akhil, at Washington DC on April 21. They have left for the US.

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will give away the award.

The Special Courage Award recognises individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary bravery in the aftermath of a crime or those who have performed a courageous act on behalf of a victim or potential victim.

The award honours victims or survivors who have exhibited exceptional perseverance or determination in dealing with their victimisation, or acknowledge individuals who acted bravely either to aid a victim or to prevent victimisation.