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India Ahluwalia's Family Wanted Him To Quit Flying


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Ahluwalia's family wanted him to quit flying

The Hindu : National : Ahluwalia's family wanted him to quit flying
Karnataka Bureau MANGALORE/BANGALORE: Forty-year-old H.S. Ahluwalia, who co-piloted the Air India Express IX-812 flight, which crashed in Mangalore on Saturday, was under pressure from his family to quit flying and manage the family business of automobile spares manufacture.

According to an acquaintance, Ram Mohan Pai, who is the director of the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mangalore, Ahluwalia, the youngest child in the family, was considered the brightest. He is survived by three brothers and a sister.

“His family, which stays in Mumbai, wanted him to quit flying and join the family business in Gujarat. He was also under pressure from the family to marry and settle down. He never showed any interest in marriage even though his family had brought a couple of proposals,” Mr. Pai told The Hindu
Ahluwalia was planning to purchase a flat in Mangalore and settle down there, Mr. Pai said. His body, identified on Saturday night by his beard and long hair, was flown to Mumbai on Sunday. Air India Express staff, who gathered on the tarmac, placed sandalwood garlands and wreaths on the coffin. They described Ahluwalia as a jovial person. The pilot was due for promotion shortly, said Air India Chairman and Managing Director Arvind Jadhav.

Ahluwalia's elder brother accompanied the body to the family residence at Andheri East, Mumbai. Incidentally, the pilot's brother was afraid of flying and had not boarded an aircraft since 1982. However, he overcame his phobia to receive the body, said sources close to Ahluwalia.


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