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IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman's parents get standing ovation on flight

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Mar 1, 2019, 12:14 pm IST
Updated Mar 23, 2019, 3:01 pm IST
The co-passengers expressed their gratitude with a standing ovation to Varthaman’s parents, who were on the Chennai-Delhi flight.
The father of Abhinandan Varthaman, Air Marshal S Varthaman (pic) is a highly-decorated officer and his mother Shobha Varthaman is a doctor. (Photo: Twitter)
 The father of Abhinandan Varthaman, Air Marshal S Varthaman (pic) is a highly-decorated officer and his mother Shobha Varthaman is a doctor. (Photo: Twitter)

New Delhi: The nation observed a moment of joy on Thursday after the Pakistan Prime Minister announced the release of the Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Friday.

The co-passengers expressed their gratitude with a standing ovation to Varthaman’s parents, who were on the Chennai-Delhi flight late on Thursday night to welcome their son.

 

When the flight was about to land in Delhi, co-passengers realised who Retd Air Marshal S Varthaman and his wife were, they stood up in respect to them, cheered, clapped for the Varthaman family’s bravery, ignoring the seatbelt announcement made by the crew.

Also, they waited on their seats and allowed Varthaman’s parents first to exit.

Soon after landing to Delhi, Varthaman family left for Amritsar to receive their son, who will be released by Pakistan as a “gesture of peace” through the Wagah-Attari joint check-post around 2 pm.

Air Marshal S Varthaman, a recipient of several honours, including a Param Vishisht Seva Medal, said in a message, "Abhi is alive, not injured, sound in mind, just look at the way he talked so bravely... a true soldier... we are so proud of him."

Wing Commander Abhinandan comes from a family which has served Indian Air Force since the World War II days, when his grandfather Simhakutty was a member of the force. The father of Abhinandan Varthaman, Air Marshal S Varthaman is a highly-decorated officer and his mother Shobha Varthaman is a doctor.

Read: A true soldier, look how bravely he spoke: IAF pilot Abhinandan’s father

The 35-year-old Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was flying the MiG-21 Bison that shot down the PAF F-16 in the aerial engagement with Pakistan on Wednesday morning.

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Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




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