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.