New Delhi, May 22 (Calcutta Tube) She was incredibly lucky. Theresiamma Philip was to take the ill-fated flight from Dubai to Mangalore to meet her daughter but mistook the timing and missed it.
‘I can’t believe how lucky I am to be alive,’ recounted Philip to NDTV news channel. ‘I was to take the flight, but mistook the a.m. to be p.m. and missed it.’
‘I was ruing having missed my flight when my daughter called up from Mangalore and asked me to put on the news. They were flashing the news, but even then I could not connect the two. It was only a little later when it dawned on me that it was my plane which had crashed.’
At least 159 people were killed Saturday when Air India Express flight 812 flying in from Dubai crashed while landing at Mangalore’s ‘table top’ airport. The plane overshot the runway and plunged down a cliff.