Loved Sonam Kapoor in Neerja?
Now Read This REAL LIfe Account of a Pan Am Survivor
BY NAMRATA KARKHANIS Monday, 22 February 2016
Ever since Sonam Kapoor starrer Neerja released, praises and applause have been pouring in on how well the film has been made and how proud the nation was of a hero like Neerja Bhanot. But certain factions felt that the film was more fiction than fact and some crew members felt that the film was wrong to the other flight attendants who were present on the hijacked flight.
However, Dr Kishore Murthy, a survivor from the ill-fated flight, recalled the full story to a leading portal and excerpts of his version of the story were recently published in Bollywood Life.
Dr. Murthy said, "I was on my way to the US to attend an international conference. We were to take a Pan Am Mumbai-Frankfurt-New York flight. It came as a surprise to us at Bombay airport when we were told the flight would first land at the Karachi International Airport and then proceed to Frankfurt. Prior to our departure, we had heard that all airports in Pakistan and India were on high alert as the Americans had bombed (Libyan ruler Colonel Muammar) Gaddafi's palace (in retaliation for the Libyan involvement in the bombing of a Pan Am flight, which crashed at Lockerbie, Soctland). When we landed in Karachi, the aircraft was hijacked by Libyan terrorists but Neerja, who was well trained in anti-hijack measures, alerted the pilots and they escaped through the cockpit window."
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