The Indians on board MH370

The Indians on board MH370

Theories abound on the Internet. What could have happened to the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 jet that went missing on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing? At press time, there was still no definitive clue.


The search was on and relatives of those on board the plane were clutching onto hope.

Seven Indians - five Indian nationals and two of Indian origin - boarded the plane from Kuala Lumpur.

The Kolekar family

Among the 239 on board are a family of three from Mumbai. Mr Vinod Kolekar, 63, a retired engineer with Mahindra & Mahindra, was on his way to Beijing along with his wife Chetana, 59, a retired nurse, and son Swanand, 23, who had completed his computer engineering course last year.

They were going to attend the convocation of Mr Kolekar's eldest son Sanved, who had completed his PhD in astrophysics.

According to the Times of India, Mr Sanved got married last year and his wife had joined him in Beijing on Feb 23. He was previously a research scholar at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune.

A resident of Sukh Sagar in Borivili, where the Kolekars lived, said that this was the first time Mrs Chetana was taking a flight and she was both nervous and excited about it.

An engineering graduate, Swanand had appeared for the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering and was awaiting the results. The Kolekars had planned to get back before they were to be announced on March 28.

A graduate in instrumentation engineering from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology at Versova, Swanand was planning to pursue MTech at one of the IITs.

Chandrika Sharma

Ms Sharma, 51, is the executive secretary of the International Collective in Support of Fish Workers (ICSF), based in Chennai.

She is an expert in the fisheries sector and issues related to fishermen.

The Velachery resident was on her way to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to attend a regional conference for Asia and the Pacific hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

Ms Sharma holds a master's degree from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and M.Phil from the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram and became the executive secretary of ICSF in 2002.

Her husband is a consultant based in Chennai and their only daughter is pursuing her studies in English literature at Ambedkar University, Delhi.

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