Close shave for Afghan child at IGI airport
New Delhi: A three-year-old Afghan girl had
a miraculous escape on Tuesday when she playfully jumped on a
moving dispatch conveyor belt and carried away to the first
level of baggage handling system, but was saved by a house-
keeping staff at the Terminal 3 of the IGI airport.
Zohra, who along with her parents was to board Kabul-
bound Kam Air flight RQ 116, strayed from her parents and
climbed on to the dispatch conveyor on Row K at the departure
level around 1.32 PM, airport sources said.
She was carried to the level-1 of the baggage handling
system with the belt.
Seeing this, housekeeping staff Kanhaiya Jha, who was
standing near the check-in counter, jumped on to the moving
belt, they said.
"Operations staff on duty immediately stopped the belt
and the child was safely brought out from the initial level
(Level-1) of baggage handling system under Jha`s protective
care," an airport official said.
The child taken for a medical check-up, where doctor on
duty declared her `fit to fly`.
The toddler was later reunited with her parents, who
thanked Jha, and subsequently they boarded the flight. "Jha
was rewarded for his bravery and selfless attitude," a Delhi
International Airport Limited (DIAL) spokesperson said.
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