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Mishandling of human remains

In a case of mishandling of human remains, two India bound flights of Emirates (Airline) on Thursday morning brought bodies of two dead persons from Dubai, interchanging their destination of arrival.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2007 00:31 IST

In a case of mishandling of human remains, two India bound flights of Emirates (Airline) on Thursday morning brought bodies of two dead persons from Dubai, interchanging their destination of arrival. One of the bodies of an infant Dainel Raj (8 months) was to be transported to Thiruvananthapuram by flight no EK 522 and the other of Mani Vannan Alagarswami (32) was to arrive in Chennai by flight no EK 542, both from Dubai.

While Alagarswami’s body was coming unaccompanied, the family of the infant was in the flight. They were shocked when they learnt that their child’s the body had been sent to Chennai in another flight. “The child’s father Mohan Raj Kumar was traumatised. How can this happen?,” said a relative over phone.

Due to some confusion in Dubai, the bodies were loaded in two different aircraft but for the wrong destinations. When the airline officials realised their mistake, the bodies were flown back to Dubai in the return flights and once again brought back to India, this time for correct destinations. The body of child flown on flight EK 520 arrived in Thiruvananthapuram at 8.40 pm. Alagarswami’s body bound for Chennai was flown back by an Indian (Airlines) flight no IC 906 that arrived at 7 pm.

In a statement Emirates said, “Due to an error at the cargo terminal, consignments did not reach their correct destinations. The incident is being fully investigated. Emirates regrets the inconvenience caused to the families and is taking all necessary steps to address their grievance.”

First Published: Apr 27, 2007 00:27 IST