‘Lucky 7’ family members survive Kerala plane crash
Published: 04:16 PM, 8 August 2020 Updated: 06:19 PM, 8 August 2020
Shemir Vadakkan Pathappiriyam, a Dubai-based Indian expat got exhausted but overjoyed as all the seven members of his and his brother’s family survived the Air India Express plane crash in Kerala that claimed around 20 lives on Friday.
41-year-old Shemir works as a logistics manager in Dubai Silicon Oasis. Since the accident happened, he was continuously contacting the trauma centers in Kerala near the Kozhikode airport to get update of his family members who were on board the flight.
In an interview with PTI, Shemir said, “The news came as a real shock and we couldn’t contact them for a long time.”
“When I finally managed to speak to my wife, she told me that she and the other family members were rescued by the local people,” he said and thanked the authorities and the local people who rushed to his family’s rescue at the site of the crash.
Shemir’s wife was traveling with their two daughters and a son. His brother Safvan’s wife and their daughter and a son were also on board the Vande Bharat flight from Dubai to Kozhikode.
His family members were wounded but not much critical. Three of them are admitted in trauma centers of three different hospitals in Calicut and Malappuram in Kerala.
According to the Indian civil aviation ministry, the crashed Boeing 737 aircraft was carrying 184 people, including 10 infants, two pilots and four cabin crews.