Stranded Jet Airways passengers and staff return home after Brussels ordeal
A Jet Airways aircraft carrying 242 stranded passengers including 28 crew members, all from Brussels, arrived in New Delhi from Amsterdam on Friday morning and later left for Mumbai.
The passengers and crew members had landed at the Brussels airport shortly before the suicide bomb attack.
Soon after the flight landed in Mumbai, Jet Airways tweeted pictures of the passengers welcoming them back to India.
Touchdown! We’ve landed in Mumbai. Happy to see our guests and colleagues back home. #Hero‘s reception! pic.twitter.com/BaUujlqQt5
— Jet Airways (@jetairways) March 25, 2016
Two of the injured crew members are still recovering at a hospital in Brussels.
Nidhi Chaphekar—one of the injured crew members—is in a medically induced coma. A Jet Airways manager was quoted saying by the Associated Press that Nidhi has suffered 15 per cent burns and has a fractured foot but she is out of danger.
Jet Airways operates four flights from Brussels. All four had touched down at Brussels at the time of the explosions.
As all flights in and out of Brussels were cancelled following the blasts, the airline had transferred its passengers to Amsterdam.
Speaking to NDTV at the airport, a passenger said that the local authorities helped him and not the Indian embassy. “Camps were set up by local authorities. They made good arrangements,” he added.
Chandan Ghai another passenger told NDTV, “The departure area of the airport was completely destroyed. Hundreds of people were running out for shelter. There was blood everywhere. We were really scared.”
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