On November 3, 1950 an AI Constellation VT-CQP crashed just below the summit of Mont Blanc
You are absolutely correct.
The irony of this is that VT
-CQP (Malabar Princess) had the honour of operating Air India's inaugural international service to London just 2 years prior to that. The commander of that inaugural flight, Capt. D.Jatar, was later killed in an infamous terrorist incident, namely the bombing of VT
-DEP (Kashmir Princess) en route to Bandung in 1955. And of course, the VT
(Kanchenjunga) crash is mourned in India for causing the death of Dr. Homi Bhabha, father of the Indian nuclear bomb. However, the sister one of the air hostesses killed in the "Kanchenjunga" crash (who joined Air India as an air hostess herself in 1966 following the crash) was subsequently killed in the crash of VT-EBD (Ashoka) in 1978, and their niece (daughter of a third sister who also flew for Air India) was killed in the crash of VT-EFO (Kanishka) in 1985. Eerie tragic coincidences all the way down the line.
[Edited 2003-09-21 02:43:08]
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