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Teen loses parents, siblings in plane crash

Rauhan, a 13-year old boy, lost his parenst and both his younger siblings to the macabre Air India Express IX-812 plane crash. Meanwhile, claimants are trying their best to maintain their calm even as several corpses are being claimed by different claimants.

india Updated: May 24, 2010 16:22 IST

Tragedy struck 13-year-old Rauhan as the news of an Air India Express plane crash poured in from India. In one cruel swipe, the teenager lost all his beloved - his parents and two younger siblings, who were aboard the IX-812 flight that overshot its touch-down point here on Saturday morning.

Rauhan, now the only surviving member of his family, flew in from Dubai yesterday with his uncle to trace the bodies of his parents, his five-year-old brother and three-and-a-half-year-old sister at the Government Wenlock hospital mortuary here.

Mohamed Ismail, his uncle, identified Rauhan's mother from among the badly charred remains. A fatigued Rauhan, however, opted not to enter the mortuary.

Meanwhile, DNA experts, last evening, took Rauhan's blood samples to establish the identities of his father and siblings, as none of the unclaimed bodies matched the specifications given by Rauhan, his uncle said at the hospital last night.

Ironically, Rauhan's family members were en route to India to attend the funeral of his grandmother, who died on May 21.

The Government Wenlock hospital, which has been witnessing a swarm of kith and kin of the victims since Saturday, donned a completely deserted look today, as members of the hospital staff were seen cleaning waste in the mortuary premises.

Despite the emotional stress, relatives maintained exemplary composure, realising that they would have to maintain their cool, even when two or three claimants came for a single body.

The ill-fated Air India Express IX-812 overshot the runway after landing at the Mangalore airport, plunged into a ravine and subsequently, exploded into flames, killing 158 people.

First Published: May 24, 2010 16:01 IST