31 Days…..Neerja Bhanot, a heroine of incredible bravery

hNeerja Bhanot'(September 7, 1963 – September 5, 1986), was a flight attendant for Pan Am, based in Bombay, India, who died while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on September 5, 1986, she went on to become the youngest recipient of India’s highest civilian award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra.

A square called Neerja Bhanot Chowk is named after her in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar (East) suburb by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, which was inaugurated by Amitabh Bachchan in the early 90’s. She has also earned these awards: Flight Safety Foundation Heroism Award, U.S.A.; Ashoka Chakra Award, India; Tamgha-e-Insaaniyat (Awarded for showing incredibly human kindness); Pakistan Justice for Crimes Award; United States Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia Special Courage award; and the US Govt. Indian Civil Aviation Ministry’s Award.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neerja_Bhanot


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