Mumbai plane crash: ‘He went to work, but never came back’

The construction labourer, Govind Dubey, was killed in the fire that broke out when the aircraft fuel tank exploded. His brother Gopal could only identified him from his nose as his body was completely charred

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On Thursday afternoon, a construction labourer, Govind Dubey, was killed in the fire that broke out when the jet fuel tank exploded from the crashing plane. The jet fuel leaked on him causing severe burn injuries.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, his uncle Pradeep Gupta said, “He belonged to Uttar Pradesh, his family lives in a village there. He got married a year ago. A few months ago he came to Mumbai looking for a job. He lived in rented house in Kalwa, and had gone for some work in Ghatkopar, but he lost his life in the unfortunate accident. He worked on daily wages and was the sole earner of his family. His family is very poor and they are deeply saddened and in despair after this incident. He went to work, but lost his life”

(The moment when the chartered plane burst into flames on impact)

On Thursday evening, six hours after trying to contact his brother on the phone, Gopal Dubey arrived at the post-mortem ward of Mumbai’s Rajawadi Hospital. It took more than three hours of running around for Gopal Dubey to get to see his brother Govind’s body.

His brother Gopal Dubey said, “His body was completely charred but I identified him by looking at his nose. He left home around 11am. As he was supposed to be working in the same building where the incident took place. He usually works in Thane but today he came to Ghatkopar to take the measurements for a few windows.”

Gopal Dubey further added, “He died in the unfortunate incident as the fuel leaking from the crashing plane fell over him. We are seeking financial aid from the state government and the UY aviation company, as he is the sole earner of the family.”