A little less than an hour before an Ethiopian airlines flight carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members crashed near Addis Ababa, one of the four Indian passengers made a long-distance call to her father in Delhi’s Rohini. Shikha Garg,32, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) consultant with the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEF), dialled her father, Satish Garg, from Addis Ababa.
“She was changing her flight…I checked the record. She had called me at exactly 10.06 am,” Satish said over phone. On its way to Kenya’s Nairobi, the Ethiopian airlines flight ET 302 crashed at 11.08am, within six minutes of its take-off from Addis Ababa.
“She was fine and we spoke normally. She was changing her flight then. Hours later, my son read about the plane crash on the internet. I knew my daughter was on that flight,” her father, who runs a jewellery shop in Rohini, said. Shikha was earlier a senior research fellow at the Indian Meteorological Institute. The second of three daughters, she had studied in a private school in Rohini.