It is often in times of calamity and stress that the best of humanity comes out.
This is the story of two such individuals, Amit Kumar and Juhi Roy :
Following an engine failure, Amit Kumar, the pilot of Beechcraft King Air C90-A contacted the air traffic control radio at the IGI Airport, New Delhi. Having secured a priority for his air ambulance, he was informed of the shortest route to the airport and a runway was cleared for them.
Together, they succeeded in getting her father off the plane, safely under a nearby tree. Following this, she ran back to the plane to fetch the oxygen cylinder her father needed to breathe. She was repeatedly warned to not risk her life as the plane, with 400 litres of fuel in it, could blow up any time. Yet. She went in, got her father’s oxygen cylinder, medical files and money out. She then called the local police. “About 10 minutes before, the pilot asked all of us to fasten the seat belts as we were preparing to land. A bit later, he told the doctor that one engine was lost. We were unaware of what’s coming. Everything happened within seconds and we landed on a field,” said Roy. Thankfully, in spite of the landing, her father sustained no major injury externally.
The Don’t Give Up World Team lauds the strength, bravery, and expertise of Amit Kumar and Juhi Roy. We also hope the reason behind such a crash will be probed, so that such accidents are avoided in future.