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Mangaluru air crash victim’s wife boldly faces life

Her husband’s death in the Mangaluru air crash seven years ago did not deter Helen Rita Menezes from facing life boldly though the scar remains.

Her daughter Meghan Rhea Menezes was nearly two years old and son Cleon Keith Menezes was four-and-a-half-months-old then.

Ms. Helen’s husband Melwyn Kiran Menezes died in the crash on May 22, 2010, while arriving from Dubai to attend a family function. He was employed in an engineering company at Sharjah. As many as 158 people died in the crash.

Post tragedy, already a postgraduate in computer science, she served as a teacher in a school in Derebail for sometime. Meanwhile, she obtained B.Ed. from Pune University and now works as a teacher in St. Lawrence’s High School in Bondel.

“I could recognise my husband’s body from his chain around his neck and a diamond ring in the finger,” she told presspersons on Monday. She paid homage to the victims along with her daughter at the garden developed by the district administration at Panambur in memory of the victims. Though it was a tragedy, she had to boost the confidence in her children. “I have now become strong. Society has made me strong to face life,” she said.

Of the 166 people on board the flight, eight had survived. The district administration had to bury 12 unclaimed bodies in Panmbur where the garden has now been developed.

Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, B. Ramanath Rai, Minister in-charge of Dakshina Kannada, Ganesh Karnik, MLC, Mayor Kavita Sanil, and Director of Mangaluru International Airport V.V. Rao were among those who paid tribute there on Monday.

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