Maria Zuberi Is The Unsung Hero Of Mumbai Plane Crash In Which Her Last Minute Decision Saved Many Lives

11:48 am 29 Jun, 2018


It is said that angels often safeguard and protect when humans run into trouble. Maria Zuberi did exactly that when she saved many innocent lives from being lost in the fumes of her crashing plane. On June 28, the chartered plane which Zuberi was piloting, crashed in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area. From the time it was evident that the plane was going to crash, she took over as an angel and averted many causalities.

In the Mumbai plane crash, there was another female member on board and she was technician Surabhi, who was two months pregnant.



The chartered plane (Beechcraft King Air C90) crashed in a residential colony, in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area, leaving five people dead.



The deceased are captain Pradeep Singh Rajput, co-pilot Maria Zuberi, aircraft engineer Surabhi and aircraft technician Manish Pandey. A guard at the construction site also died when the aircraft fell on him.



The plane was making an emergency landing in Mumbai when it developed engine trouble. It, however, fell short of the runway, and Maria decided to crash into an empty construction site rather than a school.



The 12-seater aircraft was owned by UY Aviation Pvt. Ltd. It comes under Kothari, a famed Pan Parag gutka brand. Even though the extent of the damage is unknown, the investigation is underway:



As soon as the news of the crash spread, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis visited the site, and was given first-hand information of the disaster.



Even former aviation minister Praful Patel tweeted this post, applauding the efforts of pilots like Maria Zuberi, whose heroic action will not go down unnoticed.



Maria Zuberi was the co-pilot of the ill-fated aircraft. She belonged to Allahabad, UP, and is survived by her husband and daughter Bella. Maria was the first pilot in her family.



Today, Maria is no more with us, but her husband Prabhat Kathuria hasn’t taken her death lightly. He has levelled serious allegations on the aviation company for not preparing for the bad weather. This is what he said:



It’s shocking that aircraft did not even have a valid certificate of airworthiness. But, Maria’s superb decision to avert more causalities, is something which can never be forgotten.




Even as the news of Maria Zuberi’s heroic act spread fast, people have not stopped applauding her for the selfless act. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:










RIP Maria Zuberi and rest of the souls who lost their precious lives.