Two Mumbai residents injured in Brussels terror blasts

Mar 22, 2016, 18:24 IST | Agencies

Two Mumbai-based crew members of Jet Airways, identified as Nidhi Chaphekar and Amit Motwani, were injured on Tuesday in the explosions at Brussels Airport

New Delhi: Two Mumbai crew members of Jet Airways, identified as Nidhi Chaphekar and Amit Motwani, were injured on Tuesday in the explosions at Brussels Airport.

Chaphekar, who resides in Andheri suburb of Mumbai, is a veteran manager with Jet Airways with more than 15 years of experience.

The other Mumbaikar injured in the blasts has been identified as Amit Motwani. 

He has graduated from MMK College, Bandra.

Injured person at Brussels AirportAn injured person is helped after explosions at the airport in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday. Pic/PTI 

"News from Brussels is disturbing. The attacks are condemnable. Condolences to families of the deceased. May those injured recover quickly," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. 

The Prime Minister is visiting Brussels on March 30 to attend the 13th India-EU summit, which had last taken place in 2012, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

"I am in touch with Manjeev Puri, Indian Ambassador in Brussels. He has informed me that so far there is no report of any Indian casualty," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

Assuring that Indian Embassy in Brussels will provide all assistance, she said the Indian envoy has informed her that all stranded Indian passengers are being provided hotel accommodation.

"We condemn the attack with strongest possible terms. We stand in solidarity with people and government of Belgium. We offer our condolences to families of the victims. 

"Terrorism is a global scourge and the attack in Belgium underscores once again the need to counter it united," Swarup said.

Swaraj also tweeted the helpline number set up by the mission. "Indian Embassy's helpline in Brussels : +32-26409140 +32-26451850 (PABX) & +32-476748575 (mobile)", she said.

At least 13 people were killed when two massive explosions shattered the Zaventem airport on Tuesday.

Jet Airways had earlier said two of its staff members were injured in the bomb blasts that rocked Brussels' Zaventem airport on Tuesday morning, while two of its flights from India had landed before and around the time of the attack but all passengers and crew were safe.

The attacks coincidentally came a day after the private Indian airline announced it will shift its European base out of Brussels to Amsterdam.

The injured staff members have received medical care, it said.

"Jet Airways guests and staff on the landside at Brussels airport have been moved away far-off from the terminal. Transit guests who were in the terminal building have been shifted to hangers in coaches," the airline said in a statement.

"Our Brussels staff is co-ordinating with airport authorities and security agencies to arrange immigration formalities as soon as possible to move the transit guests out of the airport."

Earlier, the airline had said it has cancelled several flights to and from Brussels in the wake of the bomb blasts.

Two Jet Airways flights, one from New Delhi and the other from Mumbai, had landed at Brussels around the time of the blast.

According to the data from aviation website Flightradar24, Jet Airways flight 9W 230 from New Delhi reached Brussels at 8.08 a.m. local time, just minutes after the bomb blast at the departure terminal at 8 a.m.

Flight 9W 228 from Mumbai had landed at Brussels at 7.11 a.m. local time.

Several people were said to have been injured at the airport, with media putting the number of dead at 13, while blasts were also reported from elsewhere in the city including a subway station.

In wake of the attack, Zaventem airport has been shut down and all flights diverted to neighbouring airports.

Currently, Jet Airways operates daily non-stop flights to its European gateway at Brussels airport from its domestic hubs in Mumbai and New Delhi.

On Monday, the airline had announced that it will shift its European hub from Brussels to Amsterdam, and plans to launch daily non-stop flights from New Delhi and Mumbai to Amsterdam, starting from March 27.

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