Sunday, September 06, 2020

Wife of co-pilot killed in Kozhikode Air India crash gives birth to baby boy

Agra: A glimpse of hope arrived in the home of deceased Air India pilot Akhilesh Kumar on Saturday when his wife gave birth to a baby boy in Mathura. Kumar was co-pilot of the Air India Express aircraft which skidded off the runway at Calicut airport in Kerala's Kozhikode on August 7.

Megha had been admitted to the Nayati Hospital in Mathura on Saturday and gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing 2.75 kg at around 3.16 pm. A source in the hospital said she will be discharged in a few days.

Both the mother and the fetus were under constant observation. They were under the care of a team from the hospital ever since the crash and had in fact, become like an extended family over this past month.

For the next two days, both the mother and the child are being kept in strict conformance to the Covid-19 protocols to protect them from the infection.

"At Nayati, we follow strictest protocols to ensure the safety of our patients and caregivers from Covid-19," Chairperson of Nayati Healthcare, Niira Radia said.

A total of 20 people, including pilot Deepak Sathe and co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar lost their lives when the AIE Boeing 737 with 190 onboard skidded off the tabletop runway at Kozhikode international airport.
06/09/20 Siraj Qureshi/India Today
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