Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Death snaps vow of two friends to reach for skies

Mohali: The deafening silence of a village grieving the death of its first woman pilot was intermittently broken by the sobs and shrieks of a woman asking people to bring her daughter back.
At Chhaju Majra in Kharar sub-division of Mohali district, the devastated mother cursed the time she allowed her daughter to join the aviation sector — a career choice 22-year-old Amanpreet Kaur and her best friend Muskan made when both were in Class I and one that proved fatal for the former on Sunday.
Amanpreet, a trainee pilot, and her private instructor died when a Cessna plane crashed in the agricultural fields of Sultanpur village in Vikarabad district in Telangana. Back home, the world of the families of the two childhood friends came crashing down when the news arrived.
“They were friends since they were 6 year olds. Both had decided to choose a career in aviation. Amanpreet went on to join a private aviation academy at Begumpet in Hyderabad, while Muskan joined an airhostess training academy and was on training with IndiGo airlines,” said Iqbal Singh, a maternal uncle of Amanpreet, who had spent her entire years in her village.
Sushil Kumar, father of Muskan, said, “We have been proud of their friendship. They both decided on their own to join the aviation sector together, but tragedy struck. It has shattered us. Muskan has been inconsolable since she heard the news.”
Daughter of farmer-landlord, Kuldeep Singh Sidhu, Amanpreet was the eldest child of her parents. She has an 18-years old younger sister, Jaspreet Kaur Sidhu, and 14-year-old brother Manpreet Singh Sidhu. Kuldeep Singh has already left for Hyderabad to bring back the mortal remains of his daughter.
The cremation is likely to take place at her native village on Wednesday.
Gurminder Singh, another maternal uncle of Amanpreet, said, “She was a bright student since childhood. She often used to say, mamaji, I will take off in my plane once I obtain my commercial pilot’s licence. She was very serious and enthusiastic to take up flying as a career.”
Neighbours fondly remembered Amanpreet and were proud that she was the first child from their village to become a pilot.
08/10/19 Times of India

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