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Bodies of crash victims arrive in Mumbai

mumbai Updated: May 17, 2012 01:29 IST
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After spending more than 18 hours identifying the charred remains of the seven victims who died in the air crash in Nepal on Monday, relatives of the deceased arrived in the city and bid their final goodbyes on Wednesday evening.

The body of the eighth victim, Krishna Chaitanya, 30, a bramhachari who resided in the ISKCON temple quarters, was carried to Hyderabad for final rites in his hometown.

"A few minutes before Krishna's flight took off, he had called me. I had gone for my morning walk an did not have my phone," said Vijaykumar Raja Das, 60, Chaitanya's father, who had gone to identify his younger son's body from Kathmandu's Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital on Tuesday.

On Monday, eight residents of Mumbai were among the 15 persons killed when a Dornier 9N AIG aircraft, crashed in northern Nepal after hitting a hilltop. The aircraft, which had 21 persons on board, crashed while attempting to land at Jomsom airport.

At Shyam Nivas Colony in Khar (west), ISKCON devotees and priests mourned the loss of child actress Taruni Sachdev, 13 and her mother Geeta, 48.

Actor Amitabh Bachchan who worked with Taruni in the film Paa sent written condolences to Harish: "She was an exceptional child star."

For Harish Sachdev, the 18-hour ordeal in Nepal was followed by another three-hour wait to clear and claim the bodies of his daughter and wife at the city's international airport.

Even relatives of the Arora family experienced administrative hassles in getting the bodies of Kamal, Menaka and Shiv Arora cleared from the airport.