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Final rites of co-pilot, air hostess performed

Last Updated: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 22:06

Mumbai: The final rites of two of the crew
members of the ill-fated Air-India Express aircraft that
crashed at Mangalore were performed here on Sunday.

Cremation of co-pilot H S Ahluwalia took place at
suburban Andheri after relatives offered prayers at a nearby
Gurudwara. His body was brought to Mumbai today afternoon.

Sanjay Bhalla, Ahluwalia`s neighbour, said "He
(Ahluwalia) always wanted to become a pilot... its hard to
believe that he is no more. His mother is still under shock."

The body of Tejal Kamulkar, an air hostess, was kept at
her home in Dombivali, a suburb in neighbouring Thane district
for 20 minutes after it was brought from Mangalore.

Later, her brother Gaurav performed the last rites.

Addressing reporters outside the domestic airport in the
afternoon, Tejal`s father, Anil Kamulkar, said, "We are
shattered. We are yet to come to terms with her death."

"Thorough investigation should be conducted to establish
the cause of the crash," he added.

Tejal, 24, had started her career in the aviation
industry as an air hostess only four months ago by joining Air
India. Ahluwalia, 41, on the other hand, was serving as a
co-pilot for last 15 years and was due for commandership.


First Published: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 22:06
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