Dubai, Aug 10: A 65-year-old non-resident Indian, who works as an HR professional at a private firm in Dubai, is in trauma after losing his eldest son in the Air India Express flight crash last Friday in Kozhikode. There were five members of his family were on the ill-fated plane.
Saidutty Chevappra, a UAE resident for over four decades, said that he wanted to find a job for his eldest son before getting retired next month (September).
He brought his 37-year-old son Shaheer Syed to UAE, hoping to see him flourish on the land where he built his own life.
"UAE gave me everything. And I was really hoping that before I bid goodbye to this country, my son, who is an IT professional, will find his fortune here. But I cannot believe that he is gone," Chevappra said.
Syed, who is survived by a daughter, was buried on Saturday in the presence of a few family members.
"I was at the airport to see him off on Friday. He was positive about going back to India and finding a job. I never imagined I would be flying the next day to Kozhikode because of his death. This is an unbearable pain and grief for a father," said Chevappra.
An HR professional at a private firm in Dubai, the bereaved father said five members of his family were on the ill-fated plane.
"My wife, Mariyam, my daughter and her two kids survived the crash. But we lost Syed. And I haven't had the courage to tell my wife."
Mariyam is undergoing treatment for head injuries at a local hospital in Kozhikode, Kerala, where the tragedy happened. The Air India Express flight that left Dubai on Friday afternoon crashed at the Karipur airport in Kozhikode, killing 18 people including two pilots. More than a hundred passengers were injured.
Remembering his son fondly, Chevappra said he was a "harmless guy, who was kind to everyone". "He went to school in the UAE. He was family-oriented and friendly to everyone. It is an irrepearable loss for our family," said the father.