Brussels terror attacks: Over 220 traumatised Indians return home
Luggage of passengers will now be identified and arrangements to return them back will be made. The only luggage most of them have with them is the hand bag that they carried. The flight had 214 passengers and 28 crew members, the spokesperson said.
“The flight 9W 1229 carrying 214 passengers, including 69 bound for Mumbai, along with 28 Jet Airways crew members landed at IGI Airport at 5.10 am,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said. “A big welcome to our guests! Flight 9W 1229 from Amsterdam has landed at Delhi,” Jet Airways tweeted on Friday morning.
Soon after the stranded Indian touched down in India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj thanked the Netherlands over the transfer of 525 Indians to Amsterdam following the terror attacks in Belgium capital Brussels. “Thank you Netherlands. In the wake of terrorist bombings in Brussels, we were able to transfer 525 Indians to Amsterdam despite passengers not having Schengen Visa,” Swaraj tweeted.
Two Indian crew members of the airline who were injured in the explosions at the Brussels airport are still recovering at the hospital. The airline said that earlier there were reports that one of them — flight attendant Nidhi Chaphekar — is in coma. The reports are incorrect. “She is in stable condition and recovering,” the airline added.
Jet Airways had initially planned to fly three recovery flights from Amsterdam including one to Mumbai.
However, it had to cancel the Mumbai flight at the last moment as the aircraft developed some problem, forcing the airline to combine the two flights into one which landed at Delhi around 5 am on Friday morning and then flew to Mumbai.