‘I am proud of my father, he saved the lives of so many people’

Another four-year-old, the son of the aircraft’s pilot Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt, refused to believe that his father was dead.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published: December 24, 2015 3:01 am
BSF plane crash, Rajesh Shivrain, BSF crash pilot killed, Pradyuman, delhi news Family members pay tribute to the 10 men killed in the BSF plane crash. (Source: Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Nine-year-old Pradyuman stood next to a row of coffins, each wrapped in the tricolour, at Safdarjung Airport Wednesday morning. Inside one of them were the remains of his father Rajesh Shivrain, co-pilot of the Border Security Force (BSF) plane that crashed near Palam Airport Tuesday morning, killing all 10 people on board.

Pradyuman said that he is proud of his father, who saved many lives by taking the plane to a “safer location”, a deserted stretch, minutes before it crashed.

“He saved the lives of so many people but taking the plane to a safer location. I am proud of my father…he was a brave soldier,” said Pradyuman.

His four-year-old sister Pratishtha wants to follow in the footsteps of her brave father. “I want to become a pilot when I grow old,” she said.

Another four-year-old, the son of the aircraft’s pilot Bhagwati Prasad Bhatt, refused to believe that his father was dead.

“Plane crash nahi hua hai… papa ayenge (the plane has not crashed… my father will come back)…,” he said amid sobs as his grandmother and mother tried to console him.

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  1. H
    Dec 24, 2015 at 4:36 am
    please do not bring vedic astrology into the discussion, be practical do not cloud your or other's visions
    1. B
      Dec 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm
      May Ishwar give family members enough strength to cope with this loss. No words can console you. But still it will lessen your pain. May atma of departed one rest in shantih. Atma never dies, never born, they are always. Please read Bhagavad Gita to find peace.
      1. K
        kushal kumar
        Dec 24, 2015 at 1:41 am
        Shocking bereavements though. Readers may like to know that this Vedic astrology writer had over a year past from now on 23rd October 2014 , made alert prediction identifying Novemember – December 2015 to be months of substantial concern for places in India whose name begins with letter “D” while mentioning Delhi specifically for focus during the identified period. The BSF plane has crashed in Dwarka pointing to the emphasis on “D” by this writer accurate. A number of other major events having substantial concern in Delhi during November – December include choking smog , demolition of Jhuggies by Railways in Shakurbasti – Delhi , National Herald case , CBI raids in Delhi Govt Secretariat , protests against release of a juvenile in Nirbhaya case , allegations of corruption against DDCA by the Wikileaks for India , filing of defamation suit in court by Mr. Arun Jaitley against some AAP members , reported firing in a Delhi court on 23rd December and the like. A part of related predictive text in the article runs like this : “ The scene in November –December 2015 presents additional complications in relation to those at the helm of affairs , both in the Center and the States, may have a tougher time. Mystery epidemics or health hazards may be upsetting. Power or dams or major accidents could be a cause of tension. Food and other crops may somewhat disappoint. Prices of everyday essential use are likely to shoot up to level of high concern”. The alert predictions which are indicative of likely trends not amounting to determinism are available for reading in article – “Months of substantial concern for India in next year 2015” – published online on 23rd October 2014 at thesop.