Beautiful heroine Neerja Bhanot (7 September 1963 – 5 September 1986)
“Beauty will save the world“, Dostoevsky said. A 23-year-old brave heart, Indian Beauty Neerja Bhanot has saved 360 human lifes and died a hero. On September 5th 1986, terrorists hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 Mumbai-New York in Karachi. When terrorists demanded American passengers’ passports to execute them all, the Indian senior flight attendant Neerja Bhanot quietly hid the passports of 41 American citizens under the seats, and in the garbage disposal to save the them from hijackers. As a result, no one was executed, because terrorists could not identify the nationality of the passengers. She died on the eve of her birthday, while shielding three children from bullets of terrorists. For her bravery she was posthumously awarded the highest in India gallantry award for bravery.