You will be shocked by the gruesome details that you will read...
As Sonam Kapoor's Neerja releases tomorrow, people get set to experience the horrific and brave story of Pan Am 73 flight attendant who saved the lives of 359 people from the hijacked plane. She played a pivotal role in helping people escape from the terrorists but sadly she lost her life in the process. Two survivors from the hijacked Pan Am 73 flight recalled the 1986 incident and revealed some gruesome details of the final few moments of Neerja Bhanot's life.
20 of the 380 flyers were killed as the siege ended with the hijackers opening fire on the captives who fled through the emergency exit. Neerja, who was shot by the leader of the group, played a pivotal role in the survival of many. Talking to a leading daily, Dr Kishore Murthy, "I saw her getting shot. She was shot in the head, point blank. Sitting in the sixth row from the front, I saw her during her last moments.
Dr Kishore, then 31, who was in the flight with his wife Dr Veena Bharathi have worked closely without Neerja's family to document her life. Dr Kishore revealed to the daily, "Neerja was absolutely calm and efficient through the horrific episode. She was the first one to alert the captain, the co-pilot and first officers about a possible hijack and it was on her instruction they made their way out from the cockpit, ensuring that the plane could not take off. I remember she and another flight attendant helped us out of the exit door when one of the terrorists was targeting us. There was constant firing of rounds. The auxiliary power unit had failed and the terrorists feared a commando attack. Hence, they started firing indiscriminately."
Dr Kishore further added, "She was very caring towards all the passengers, especially the elderly and children. I didn't see her lose her cool for even a moment. She was very efficient during the crisis."
However, some reports have been misreported too and Dr Veena clarifies them. As she mentioned to the daily, "I saw some posts on Facebook saying she died before her 23rd birthday, but the truth is Neerja was already 23 and was shot two days before her 24th birthday. She had asked her parents to organize a small family get-together for her birthday but unfortunately they had to collect her coffin a day after her 24th birthday."
Also, reports of Neerja being killed when she tried to shield a group of children are false. As Dr Veena revealed to the daily, "She was guiding the passengers to the emergency exit. That is when the terrorists were firing constantly fearing a commando attack. They saw Neerja relentlessly trying to help the passengers out and that is when they caught her by her ponytail and shot her point blank."
Check out the final announcement that Neerja made before the attack in the video below:
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