Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Dubai-Kozhikode Air India Express crash: Trauma lingers a month after incident

Dubai: Nadya Mohammed Saleem couldn't thank the heavens enough for saving her 66-year-old mother from the Dubai-Kozhikode Air India Express plane crash. It has been a month since the tragedy, but the trauma lingers, she said.

On the rainy night of August 7, the plane skidded off the runway and was split in two while landing at Calicut International Airport in the south Indian state of Kerala. Out of 190 people on board, 21 died, including the two pilots.

Nadya's mother, who sustained injuries, is still in pain and could hardly sleep at night. "She says she can hear the sound of some announcement in the background, as if she is inside a plane. Other sounds from that incident echo in her ears, too, especially at night."

Her mother had undergone surgeries for injuries in both her shoulders. "She needs support even for the smallest chore. She cannot go to the washroom all by herself. She is still in physical pain. But what is more worrying is that we feel she is still in some kind of trauma." Nadya said.

Muhammad Raihan's 41-year-old father Ashik Puthar Peediyekkal is also recovering. The pain is still there, he said. Currently, he is undergoing physiotherapy.

"My father had lost his job, so he was returning to India. He had suffered injuries in his shoulders on both sides. His right arm is still causing him quite a lot of pain," said Raihan.
Families who lost their loved ones in the tragedy had been trying hard to cope with grief.

Prajeesh Kulanvarah, along with his two brothers, said a silent prayer for their deceased mother as they remembered her a month after the crash. Prajeesh's mother, Santha Marakkat, was 59.

In her memory, the family cooked her favourite dishes and spread them out in front of her photo. "We pray that her soul may rest in peace. We will have a bigger ceremony on the 41st day after her death, as per our custom," Prajeesh said.

"My mother was visiting my second brother in Dubai and got stranded in the city because of travel restrictions. She was returning with my cousin Manoj Kumar on the same flight. Thankfully, he survived the accident but my mother didn't."
08/09/20 Nandini Sircar/Khaleej Times
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