Woman covered in blood and dust is revealed to be an Indian air stewardess

Woman covered in blood and dust is revealed to be an Indian air stewardess

With blood dripping from her injured forehead and her clothes in tatters, Nidhi Chaphekar paused for a moment after emerging from the rubble of the decimated Brussels Airport.

The photograph of Ms Chaphekar, an Indian air stewardess from Mumbai, lying injured at the airport, epitomises the horrors of the terror attack in Brussels.

Like many of the people injured at the check-in, Ms Chaphekar had just arrived at the terminal ahead of meeting up with her colleagues for a flight to Newark, US, when a series of explosions tore through the building, killing and maiming dozens of people.

An hour later, a third explosion occurred in a metro carriage, leaving a total of 34 people dead in the Belgian capital.

Ms Chapekar, a mother of two children, was one of two Indian cabin crew members flying with Jet Airways and had been working for the airline for the past 15 years, according to The Sun.

Her photograph rapidly gained attention on social media, with #PrayForNidhi trending on social media. A source close to her family confirmed that she is now in hospital recovering from her injuries.

‘She was waiting to board a flight from Brussels to Newark at 10.15am local time. She is a cabin crew member. We don’t have full information on the extent of her injuries,’ Jet Airways said of her situation. We know her location – she is in hospital and receiving medical care,’ they confirmed.

Nidhi’s colleague, male cabin crew member Amit Motwani, is said to have checked in as ‘safe’ using the Facebook feature set up to help those in Brussels ease their loved ones’ fears. However, reports suggest he may have suffered an eye injury.

The airline said in a statement on Tuesday: ‘Two staff have sustained injuries in the explosion at Brussels airport. Both of them are receiving medical care at hospitals.


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