Newly-wed received a text from his wife while she was on board the doomed Ethiopian Airlines jet – but she was dead before he was able to reply, it has emerged.
Shikha Garg, who was travelling to a UN meeting in Nairobi, had married her husband Soumya Bhattacharya about 3 months ago, she sent a text to her husband ‘I have boarded the flight and will call you once I land,’.
But before the husband could type a reply, his phone buzzed and a caller informed him about the plane crash, the newspaper said.
The couple, who lived in New Delhi, had instead planned a vacation after Garg’s return from Nairobi, where she was due to attend the annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme.
Garg was a consultant with the Indian environment ministry and had taken part in the negotiations leading to the 2015 Paris climate accord.
The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed just minutes after an early-morning takeoff Sunday from Addis Ababa.
People holding passports from 35 countries were on board including some two dozen UN staff.
The aircraft was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air plane that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew.
The latest crash has prompted airlines across the world to begin withdrawing the model from schedules.