Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Society has made me strong, recalls wife of victim

Mangaluru: While India's worst ever air crash to-date may be a distant memory to many, but it is still fresh in the mind of Helen Rita Menezes of Derebail. Her husband Melwyn Kiran Menezes was on board Air India Express flight IX812 that crashed while landing at Mangaluru on May 22, 2010, killing 158 passengers and crew on board. Eight passengers had survived the crash. Kiran was coming to the city to see his son Cleon Keith Menezes, who was not keeping well.
Helen, the only family member of any of the victims, who turned up to pay tributes at the memorial park set up by DK district administration to mark the seventh anniversary of the crash, was candid in recalling her memories of the event. With daughter Meghan by her side, Helen said, "Society has helped me become strong." Helen, who works as a teacher at St Lawrence School, Bondel, said she studied to become a teacher by acquiring a BEd degree post the crash.
"I had come a week earlier to be part of the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents and I was supposed to rejoin Kiran in Dubai on May 21," she said. However, since Cleon fell ill in the meantime, Kiran decided to come down, Helen said, adding that he had tried in vain to do so on Thursday and Friday. But fate willed otherwise for Kiran, working with Dragon Engineering in Dubai and 157-other passengers on board the flight. Meghan was just 22 months old then.
23/05/17 Times of India
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