A 35-year-old man was among the 18 people who died in the Air India plane crash on Friday, hours after he posted ‘Back to home’ on his family Facebook group.
Before he left Dubai Friday noon, the man identified as M Sharafudheen had ensured that his home in Kozhikode was stocked with provisions for a month — groceries in the cupboard, fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator. He had also got his aged parents moved to his elder brother’s home that morning, Indian Express reports
The salesman was coming to Pilassery village, with his wife Amina Sherin and their two-year-old daughter Fathima Iza, after a year. And he wanted to make sure that everything was in place for the 28 days of home quarantine.
Finally, before the flight took off, Sharafudheen posted a photograph on Facebook of the family inside the aircraft wearing face shields.
Hours later, the 35-year-old became one of the 18 who were killed after the Air India Express aircraft crashlanded at Kozhikode airport.
On Saturday, Sharafudheen’s body was in the morgue of the district’s medical college. Fathima was in the ICU, a few hundred metres away. And Amina was fighting for life after undergoing an emergency surgery at a private hospital.
“My brother had been working in Dubai for more than a decade. His wife and daughter went a few months ago, and their visa had expired during the Covid outbreak. Initially, only Amina and their daughter were coming home. But he did not want them to languish in quarantine. So he took leave for two months and flew with them,” says Shamsudheen, the elder brother.