Mumbai plane crash: Know how pilot Maria Zuberi saved many lives

Mumbai: Maria Zuberi, first Indian woman Muslim pilot who lost life in a chartered plane crashed has saved the lives of many people by preventing the plane from crashing on residential buildings.

Maria had landed the plane at the construction site. In the accident, five persons, including a pregnant engineer and a pedestrian, were killed and three others injured.  Eyewitnesses said the plane was seen hurtling down in the narrow Jeevdaya Lane area of the Gujarati-dominated suburb in north-east Mumbai and crashed with a deafening roar before breaking into pieces and bursting into flames around 1.15 p.m.


It may be mentioned that recently, Maria’s daughter had won gold medical in the quiz competition. In order to celebrate her daughter’s achievement, Maria had decided to give a party to the relatives but her dreams remained unfulfilled.

Sorrow prevailed in the area of Maria’s residence after the information of the accident reached them.

It may be noted that Maria was born in Rani Mandi, Allahabad. Her father, Iqbal Hasan is a doctor by profession. She was the eldest of three sisters and one brother. Her mother, Fareeda wanted Maria to become a doctor. However, Maria had achieved her dream of becoming pilot due to her hard work and dedication.

After her studies from Allahabad Central University, Maria completed the pilot training from Rae Bareli Indira Gandhi Flying Academy. She worked in many private aviation companies.

After the marriage, she had shifted to Mumbai. She has a daughter who is 15-year-old.

On the sad demise of the pilot, not only the family but also her neighbours are in deep sorrow.