Thursday, August 13, 2020

Kerala Crash: A pregnant woman missed the flight because she didn’t have a fit-to-fly certificate. But what is it and why do you need one?

Dubai-based Ijaz Ummar and his seven-month-pregnant wife Jasleena were left stunned at their narrow escape, for she was slated to be on the Air India Express flight that crashed at Kozhikode on Friday evening, leaving at least 18 passengers and crew members dead.
Ummar said he was in the office when Jasleena called him to say that she needed a fitness certificate to board the flight. "There was a delay in getting that since it was a Friday and, despite our efforts, it could not be obtained," he said. Consequently, Jasleena's trip was postponed and the couple did not think any more about it until they began receiving frantic calls from their relatives in their hometown of Kozhikode in the evening.
"Everyone was asking if she was on the flight. We had failed to inform relatives that her trip was postponed," Ummar said.
Jasleena said both of them are still in shock after watching the news of the crash on TV.
"We feel sad seeing all the visuals. While we are thanking God, we are also praying for all those who are suffering. We do not know what to say and how to express our feelings," she said.

But what is the fitness certificate that may have inadvertently saved Jasleena and why do pregnant women need one?  Read >>
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