A pall of gloom descended on the family of Arshad Qureshi, one of the commercial pilots, as soon as doctors at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences in Indore pronounced him dead.
Arshad and assistant pilot instructor Captain Pawandeep Singh Pabla (26) were seriously injured when the MP Flying Club plane crashed on Wednesday morning.
Pabla suffered from paraplegia while Arshad suffered head injuries and fracture in his ankle and femur. Paraplegia is a condition in which the lower half of the body, including both legs, gets paralysed because of damage to spinal cord.
Arshad was the only son of Noor Mohammad, a social activist. Arshad's father is a resident of Indra Lok Colony in Indore. He said Arshad was his only son and that he has two daughters. "We are shocked after the incident. We prayed a lot for his recovery. We were very hopeful," said one of Arshad's relatives.
Zainul Khattani, a pilot who flew with Arshad, said he was a very good pilot and this incident has shocked him. "He was a very good pilot," said Pradip Joshi, vice-president of MP Flying Club.
After his death, a big question mark also hangs on the fate of Pabla. His colleagues in the flying club wonder if he will be able to fly again.
Doctors treating him are not very optimistic about his flying career. "Paraplegia takes time in recovery," said Dr Jatti.
Pabla's mother Harjeet Singh said his son left home around 7.30 am and when she called him around 11.30 am, she got this information.
"It is very difficult at this stage to speculate why the incident occurred," said Joshi while talking to Hindustan Times.