The movie ‘Neerja’ aptly portrayed the hijacking of an airplane. Aircraft hijacking is the unlawful seizure of an aircraft by an individual or a group. In most cases the pilot is forced to go along with the order of the hijackers.Many lives have been lost in the hijackings that have taken place in the past.
The movie is based upon a true story that took place on 5th September,1986. Neerja was an air hostess on Pan Am flight 73 and was killed while shielding 3 children from the terrorists that had hijacked the plane while it was standing on the tarmac of Jinnah International airport.
After the terrorists boarded the plane,Neerja alerted the cockpit crew who escaped through the overhead hatch in the cockpit.
After holding passengers and crew members hostage for 17 hours on the runway, the terrorists opened fire.Neerja stayed on the plane and helped other passengers escape even though she could have been the first one to leave.
Most of us will never find ourselves in a high pressure situation, facing death like she did. True bravery always emerges in the face of fear. We will never know what Neerja was thinking or feeling during those hours that spanned the terrible ordeal that ended in death, but we do know that she chose to respond to the actions of the terrorists with exceptional grace, courage and grit. Of the 380 passengers and crew members on flight, 360 remained.
Thus the world knows of a brave woman called Neerja who responded with courage and level- headedness in the face of the hijacking of an airplane.