As the body of her husband L.M. Kumar, 35, lay in the cargo, a heartbroken Kollammal V, 29, boarded the Air India Express flight IX540 to Chennai from Dubai.
A senior quality control officer with the sanitary department of RAK Ceramics in Ras Al Khaimah, Kumar died of a heart attack while on duty on April 13.
“As usual, he went to work after breakfast. Around 10am, the security came from the campus saying he is in the hospital. They took me to see him. But I didn’t get permission. In the evening, I was told he is no more,” a weeping Kollammal told Gulf News.
Married for three years, Kollammal had joined her husband here two years ago. “He was my everything. He took care of me like a kid. I am still alive because I need to take him back home,” she said.
“I have never travelled alone anywhere. He has left me alone and this is my first journey also alone. No woman should have such a fate,” the bereaved Kollammal said, trying to hold her tears back.
Apart from her, almost 200 workers, 37 pregnant women, some infants and 42 people with medical cases were on the two Chennai-bound Air India Express flights on Friday, the Indian Consulate in Dubai said.
There were around 360 passengers in all on the two flights.