Cash awards for 5 for helping avert air disaster
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 22:28
  
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday announced cash award of Rs 50,000 each to five school students who helped avert a possible air disaster by informing authorities about flames coming out of a New York-bound Air India plane nine days back.

Dikshit after meeting the group at her office said the youths had helped save over 350 lives and in recognition of their "swift action" the government will honour them with cash awards. The students will be felicitated during the Independence Day celebration on August 15.

The youths -- Kartik Bhandari, Jaideep Gosai, Himansu Soni, Manan Soni and Moulik Jhelani -- who were partying on the terrace of a house in Saket, spotted sparks and flame from the engine of Air India's Boeing 777 (Long Range) plane and immediately informed police about it.

Their swift action followed by the urgent response of the police led the air traffic control (ATC) to clear the runway for the New York-bound Air India plane to return to base and land safely under emergency conditions on July 16.

Air India officials had said the pilots had noticed the flames soon after take-off and had already sought permission for an emergency landing from the ATC.

They said the boys could have noticed the plane when it was returning to land. The flight had 339 passengers and 16 crew members on board.

These youth are very bright and agile because of their swift action an accident could be avoided. We are proud to have such youngsters, said Dikshit.

Dikshit also appreciated the urgent response of the police.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 22:28


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