The Hush Post: Maintenance engineer Surabhi Gupta who died yesterday in a 12-seater aircraft crash had casually confided something to her father.
Hours before the flight which crashed in a crowded Mumbai suburb on Thursday, maintenance engineer Surabhi Gupta – one of the five killed in the incident- told her father over the phone that she was going to fly in a “sick aircraft.”
Maintenance engineer like Surabhi was in a tight spot. Had she or any one of her likes said no to fly in a sick aircraft, there is a possibility that she would have been penalised. It is a double-edged sword.
Surabhi spoke to her dad on Thursday morning and described the condition of the aircraft she will fly as ‘bad.’
“It was yesterday morning that we spoke over phone. We had a routine conversation before she told me that the aircraft she was going to fly in later in the day was sick. She said the aircraft was in a bad condition..,” Ms Surabhi’s father SP Gupta told reporters at his residence in Sonepat.
The grieving father wondered who gave the permission to fly a “sick aircraft.”
“How was permission given to fly a sick aircraft and who gave this permission,” he asked.
Gupta said that he was confident that a high-level probe would be carried out by authorities concerned into the incident and those responsible will be punished.
Surabhi got married last year and her husband too was a pilot. He recalled that Surabhi was often referred to as astronaut Kalpana Chawla by local residents in their hometown in UP.
“Recently, she was honoured by the Maharashtra government. She was a brave young woman, who was fond of heights,” he said.
The aircraft which crashed in Ghatkopar in Mumbai, killed both pilots and two aircraft maintenance engineers on board, besides a pedestrian.
The aircraft took-off from the Juhu airstrip on a test flight. It lost control when it was four nautical miles from Juhu.