Swapping shift cost ethnic Indian flight steward his life

The 41-year-old Sanjid had switched his shift with a colleague on the ill-fated Flight MH17.

By: Press Trust of India | Kuala Lumpur | Updated: July 18, 2014 1:17 pm
relatives All 298 people on board were killed in the crash. (Source: AP)

Swapping shift with a colleague cost ethnic Indian flight steward Sanjid Singh Sandu his life.

41-year-old Sanjid had switched his shift with a colleague on the ill-fated Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur which was shot down over Eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

All 298 people on board were killed in the crash.

According to his distraught father Jijar Singh, Sanjid’s mother had planned to cook her son’s favourite dishes upon his arrival in Penang, Malaysia.

“My son spoke to me over the phone just before his flight. I didn’t know that would be my last conversation with him. What has happened has happened,” Jijar, with tears flowing, told reporters at his house in Penang.

Jijar and his wife received the news from their daughter- in-law, who is also a flight stewardess at Malaysia Airlines, the Star newspaper reported.

He said Sanjid, fondly known as Bobby, was his youngest child and only son.

Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Thursday and was supposed to land in Kuala Lumpur at about 6:10 am local time here on Friday.

Flight tracking data indicated that the plane was at its cruising altitude of 33,000 feet when it disappeared.

The Boeing 777 is believed to have been shot down 50 km from the Ukraine-Russia border.

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    Faiz Hakim
    Jul 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    Russian backed separatist terrorists likely shot down the plane. Russia must bear some responsibility for this. This is not unlike what stan does in India using its "non-state" and "state" actors. This is not the way civilized countries should conduct their state's affairs. Russia needs to be pressured into stopping these actions and arming dimwitted "separatists" even if they are India's friends. It is better for India to take a principled stand today, condemn this act and criticize Russia, than to remain silent. India is likely to find itself in a position not to be able to criticize stan when it does the same against India. In any case it is the right thing to do.
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    rakesh
    Jul 18, 2014 at 10:21 am
    Very sad ... luck and destiny had something else .. RIP .. Rakesh Kumar, Faridabad
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