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Neerja Bhanot


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Neerja Bhanot (September 7, 1964 - September 5, 1986) born in Chandigarh, India was the daughter of Harish Rama Bhanot and was a flight attendant for Pan Am airlines, based in Bombay, India. She was a Bombay Scottish School alumna. Neerja Bhanot was the senior flight purser on the ill-fated Pan Am Flight 73. She hid the passports of the passengers on the flight so that the hijackers could not differentiate between American and Non-American citizens. She laid down her life while shielding three children from the bullets fired by the terrorists. For her bravery the Government of India posthumously awarded her the Ashoka Chakra (India\s highest decoration for gallantry away from the battlefield, or not in the face of the enemy). She is the youngest recipient of the same. In 2004 the Indian Postal Service released a stamp commemorating her. With the money from the insurance settlement,

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