Underprivileged children enjoy dream flight on Independence Day

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Kolkata, Aug 16 (UNI) As the entire country celebrated 61 years of freedom from the shackles of British rule, the Independence Day brought a whole new world of experiences for a group of tiny tots, as they alighted from their life of drab and humdrum routine and spread their wings like free birds in the boundless sky.

It was a dream come true for about 80 children from several institutions, including Missionaries of Charity, CINI Asha, Anjuman Mufidul Islam and SEED, as the kids spent several memorable moments and enjoyed the flight along with their favourite Tollywood starlet Koneenika Banerjee.

The Kingfisher Airlines operated the 60-minute dream flight for the underprivileged children while the fuel for the flight was provided free of charge by the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL).

The flight took off from the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport at 1400 hours and on board air hostesses entertained the young guests and shared their exciting flying experiences.

The children were enthralled to get an aerial view of the City of Joy as the flight crew pointed out the Howrah Bridge, Hooghly river, the Eden Gardens and other important landmarks of their ever familiar and beloved Kolkata, which, however, looked like tiny pinpricks from high above.

The flight returned after an hour, landing back at the NSCBI airport at 1500 hours, as the kids descended, cherishing an unforgettable experience their hearts and rekindling the hopes of rising above the limitations of poverty and breaking free from the shackles that fate had placed on them.


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