She is credited with saving the lives of 360 passengers on board PAN AM 73

On 5 September 1986, Neerja Bhanot was shot dead while shielding three children on the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73. On her 33rd death anniversary, her courage burns bright.
PAN AM Flight Attendant Neerja Bhanot of Chandigarh, India died aged 23 being a hero. She is credited with saving the lives of 360 passengers on board PAN AM 73. When Radical terrorists hijacked her aircraft in Karachi, Pakistan, she informed the pilots (who used their escape hatch to get away), and kept the passengers and remaining crew calm.
When the terrorists demanded to know who the Americans were on the flight so they could execute them she gathered all the passports and hid the ones belonging to Americans under seat cushions. The terrorists confused and unable to determine the national origins of the passengers didn’t execute anyone.
When Pakistani police raided the plane she was able to nearly singlehandedly evacuate all the passengers as the firefight ensued.
She remained one of the last people on board so did a last check and found three children still hiding. As she led the children to safety the surviving terrorists spotted the children and opened fire on them. Neerja jumped in the way of the bullets and was mortally wounded. She was able to evacuate the children to safety before dying from her wounds.
Neerja was awarded the Ashok Chakra Award by India, the highest peacetime gallantry award possible. She was the youngest and first civilian to ever be awarded this honour.

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