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Agony of crash victims’ kin- Crash victim’s family in grief

NIRJANA SHARMA

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: The dead bodies of 18 passengers, including the crew members, were brought to TUTH, Maharajgung for autopsies. 

Among the hundreds gathered on the premises of the post mortem department was Amina Shrestha, 28, wife of the Nepal Army Major Deepak Shrestha. She was desperate to see the face of her husband whom she had seen off just a few hours ago. 

“He had come home after a long training that was held in Kathmandu and was returning to join his duty station in Jumla,” she mourned.

“He waved his hand time and again before he left and assured to return home soon. But now I am about to receive his dead body,” she said. “We had lots of plan for our 17 month old baby and had celebrated Valentine´s Day at Jawalakhel Zoo. But now he is no more,” she said.


Bhaswor ojha/Republica
Family members of Nepal Airlines plane crash victims mourn as the dead bodies arrive at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu on Monday. The Nepal Airlines Twin Otter craft went missing on Sunday. The plane crashed at Masine hill in the village of Dhikura, allegedly, due to bad weather conditions, killing all the 18 people on board, including 3 crew members and one infant. The Civil Aviation Authority said that one passenger was from Denmark and the rest were Nepalese.

“It is hard for me to believe that he died in the crash,” she said, adding, “I don´t know whom to complain with for his unexpected death.” 

Although the reason behind the accident has yet to be ascertained, eventually they will blame the bad weather condition as in the past, she said.

Meanwhile, a staff of Nepal Airlines, Babar Jung Shahi, 45, a resident of Humla District, has to encounter the same fate. Among the crowd that was waiting to receive the dead bodies of their beloved ones, Shahi is the father of Deepesh Shahi, 20, a student who had just been selected to study MBBS in Pokhara. 

Shahi, who lived in Sinamangal, worked hard to secure a better future for his children, a son and a daughter. “After my son was selected for the MBBS study, it felt like winning a battle as the dream of my family was coming true,” Shahi said.

“My son had left for his maternal home to spend the vacation. I was waiting for the news of his reaching but what I heard was the news about missing aircraft,” he said. 
“I don´t know how his mother will cope up with the bitter reality of his son´s absence,” he lamented. 

Shankar Shrestha, 50 
Captain

The last time Captain Shankar Shrestha had met his younger brother Keshav was three months ago. Though the two brothers were planning to meet again, as Keshav arrived in Kathmandu from Hetauda four days ago for his cardiac treatment, it was not to be. 

“We called each other a couple of times but could not meet personally because his flight schedules kept him busy,” Keshav, told Republica at the Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj on Monday afternoon. Though all the brothers have settled separately, the bonding of the three brothers and a sister was never weakened, added Keshav. 

While his other relatives had gathered at home in Sanepa, Keshav waited for hours at the hospital to see Shankar for the last time. The doctors involved in autopsies had said that most of the dead bodies were so disfigured that they could not be recognized.

Shankar´s wife, who is an airhostess with the NAC, is now left with the responsibility to bring up their two teenaged sons by her own. In his 20 years service in aviation, Shankar must have faced and overcome several challenges, but what led to the accident on Sunday is yet to be revealed. 

Rabindra Banjara, 28
Co-pilot

His family members at Kavre, Panauti-3 were unaware that he was flying the Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jumla aircraft on Sunday. As soon as the national television and radio started flashing about Rabindra Banjara´s missing status as a crewmember of the flight, people in his hometown became anxious about his safety.

An employee of Nepal Telecom in Banepa, Rabindra´s father Durga was on the way to home from the feast organized by one of his colleagues when he came to know that his son was missing. Staying on a rented home in Kathmandu, Rabindra last time met his family in Panauti on February 8. Married to Alina Karki two years ago, his wife is currently living in the US. 


The principal of Saraswati Kunja Boarding School, from where he passed SLC, recalled that Banjara always stood first from grade 3 onwards.

The After completing I. Sc. from St. Xaviers´ College, Kathmandu, Banjara enrolled into B.Sc. program at the Kathmandu University. But an advertisement issued by the NAC about Pilot Training in Malaysia appealed him more and led him to change his course of study. 

He was short listed among the very first candidates for the training in Malaysia. Among the 10 trainees, he was adjudged the best performer. 

However, the condition put forward by the NAC was not easy for him. He was required to submit collateral worth three million rupees. In addition, 10 years service contract with the NAC was also to be signed after receiving the 16 months training. His contract with the NAC was in its sixth year.

Hours after the news about the missing plane spread, his friends were still hopeful that Banjara could save it from crashing. His friend Peshal Kathayat wrote on his facebook wall: “Come back well Top-gun!!! We all are waiting for you!!! Come back soon!” 

Rabindra died with an unfulfilled dream of passing Master´s in economics with a top score, remembered his relative Narsingh Hari Bista. 

Air Hostess Muna Maharjan 

One of the crewmember of the NAC twin otter that crashed on Sunday, Maharjan had a hectic schedule this February. Her facebook updates show that she had been to Dubai, Quatar, Malaysia and Simikot in the last 15 days. Returning to Nepal on February 12 from Malaysia, she had shared her wish with her colleagues to take her parents to Malaysia next time. 

A resident of Kathmandu, Maharjan went to Hill Town International School in Kirtipur. She earned her Masters´ Degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University. Maharjan had worked as an airhostess for both domestic and international flights.

‘My son was selected for MBBS study

The dead bodies of 18 passengers, including the crew members, were brought to TUTH, Maharajgung for autopsies. 

Among the hundreds gathered on the premises of the post mortem department was Amina Shrestha, 28, wife of the Nepal Army Major Deepak Shrestha. She was desperate to see the face of her husband whom she had seen off just a few hours ago. 

“He had come home after a long training that was held in Kathmandu and was returning to join his duty station in Jumla,” she mourned.
“He waved his hand time and again before he left and assured to return home soon. But now I am about to receive his dead body,” she said. 

“We had lots of plan for our 17 month old baby and had celebrated Valentine’s Day at Jawalakhel Zoo. But now he is no more,” she said.

“It is hard for me to believe that he died in the crash,” she said, adding, “I don’t know whom to complain with for his unexpected death.” 
Although the reason behind the accident has yet to be ascertained, eventually they will blame the bad weather condition as in the past, she said.

Meanwhile, a staff of Nepal Airlines, Babar Jung Shahi, 45, a resident of Humla District, has to encounter the same fate. Among the crowd that was waiting to receive the dead bodies of their beloved ones, Shahi is the father of Deepesh Shahi, 20, a student who had just been selected to study MBBS in Pokhara. 

Shahi, who lived in Sinamangal, worked hard to secure a better future for his children, a son and a daughter. “After my son was selected for the MBBS study, it felt like winning a battle as the dream of my family was coming true,” Shahi said.

“My son had left for his maternal home to spend the vacation. I was waiting for the news of his reaching but what I heard was the news about missing aircraft,” he said. 

“I don’t know how his mother will cope up with the bitter reality of his son’s absence,” he lamented.

Passengers

Manav Sejuwal
Dr Bikalpa Pokhrel
Rajendra Devkota
Dipak Shrestha
Gauri Kathayat
Barsha Hamal 
Yogesh Hamal (4-year-old) 
Tek Mahatara
Krishna Nath Yogi
Raji Chaulagain
Dipesh Shahi
Uma Tamang
BP Upadhyay
S Mythson

 

 
   
Published on 2014-02-18 02:48:14
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