Vastavam web: We have been watching that children of doctors become doctors and children of farmers are becoming farmers. It the same way here is the family which is in aviation sector for the past 100 years. Around four generations are working as pilots of flights.
Five members of the family parents, two children and their late grandfather — have nearly 100 years of flying among them. The grandfather Captain Jai Dev Bhasin, was among the first seven pilots in the country to become a commander in 1954. When his future daughter-in-law Nivedita Jain joined his company, Indian Airlines, she was the third woman to do so. Read This – Self-styled Hizb ops commander Itoo killed Today, she and her husband Captain Rohit Bhasin are proud parents of two young commanders, Rohan and Niharika Bhasin. “Flying fascinated me for as long as I can remember. Maybe when I was as young as six or seven,” recalls the matriarch, 54. Her face lights up recounting the most important day of her life as if it were yesterday. Read This – Flood wreaks havoc in Assam: 10 more killed, 22.5L affected “I was at a friend’s birthday pary when my father came running with an appointment letter for me from Indian Airlines. The day is etched in my memory. It was June 29, 1984,” she says. She was just 20 when she received the letter and in the next 11 years, went on to achieve her most cherished career milestones. At 26, already a mother of a one-year-old, she received her command on Boeing 737, becoming the youngest woman captain of a jet plane in the world. Seven years later when she became a commander on Airbus 300 – one of the bigger aircraft then in the world and also the first-ever wide-body aircraft- it would be the culmination of her dreams. She also became a trendsetter when she co-piloted the world’s first ever all-woman crew flight with a Fokker Friendship aircraft on the Calcutta-Silchar route in 1985.