Mangalore : Joel’s Survival in the Air Crash is a Faith Experince


Mangalore : Joel’s Survival in the Air Crash is a Faith Experince

by Fr Francis Rodrigues, Raknno

Mangalore, May 31: If we visit a simple house named ‘Little Hut’ in Vamanjoor, a semi-urban place 10 KMs away from Mangalore, we would be able to meet a bit hefty  young man named Joel Pratap D’Souza but with safety belts and clutches. He was the one who first jumped out of the Air India Express IX 812 that crashed on 22/05/2010 in Mangalore and is one of the only eight  lucky survivors who traveled in the  said flight. He is the only Christian among the eight lucky ones.  He was discharged on the 27th of May after a 24x7 round the clock treatment for 5 days in KMC Hospital, Mangalore. As a result of the jump from the aircraft, he had incurred a ligament injury on his right knee and a fracture of spine for which he needs to continue the rest and medical support. His survival is accepted as a faith experience by the whole family of Joel.

With this incident the whole family especially his father Joseph D’Souza and mother Rosy D’Souza’s memory goes back to the year 1984.  Even though Joseph runs a auto rickshaw in the locality since 1997, before that he was working on a boat in Arabian sea near Mumbai.  In 1984 the boat in which he was working melted into the deep waters of the sea with heavy winds.  Out of 14 people on the boat only 4 survived after struggling in the waters for about six hours after which they were rescued by some mail shipmen.  And Joseph is one of them.  For nearly two months he was hospitalized.  And Joel was born two years later on 5.9.1986. ‘Life  is all a mystery which no one can explain except God’ says the family with the recollection of 1984 and the context of 22/5.



Joel’s parents join their voices as to accept this as a faith experience.  Joel too is of the same experience.  They say:  ‘22/5 is unimaginable. Even with that colossal crash that our son is back with us is a mystery about which we can neither think or explain.  It is nothing but God’s blessing.  Joel might have done a wise decision in that sharp situation. But God has opened his brains and will power to  decide and it is God who has opened the aircraft for his jump. Just previous evening a Capuchin priest had visited our house and may be he too must have prayed for God’s blessings on our family.’

Joseph continues: I had three children till  other day.  Eldest son is Jeevan Prashant married to Mamatha Marina. Second one is a daughter Freema who is married to Neil Lasrado. It is this son-in-law who is in Dubai who informed us while we were waiting for Joel near the airport that there was a air crash but Joel is safe and coming towards the terminal.  For Joel had given a miss call to Neil who later contacted him for the happenings. Joel had not informed us lest we should be shocked. Third one and the youngest is actually Joel but we have a reborn Joel on 22/5.  Now he is the fourth child. When he was a small kid we held him in our hands and now again we are holding him in our hands.’

Joel himself believes in a God made miracle in his survival. He believes thus:    “I had jumped first and three or four who have jumped after me have fallen on me because of which I had little more injuries.  But I had a thought in my mind that these are my last moments.  I won’t be able to see my parents, family members and especially my cute niece anymore.  Yet God wanted me live further.  It is He who has given me some more life span.  There was a simple vehicle cleaner whom I knew since some years.  Some time ago he happened to go to Dubai.  Other day on the flight he met me and told me: ‘Joel, I am alone. No one will come to the airport to fetch me.  As you would be getting a vehicle to the airport, please take me till Vamanjoor.’ I had assured  him to take in our vehicle.  But unfortunately he is no more.  No words would console the other young man’s mother (she is the mother of one of the young victims of the aircrash) who says that her son has reached near the thresh-hold but hasn’t come into the house.  In spite of all these mishaps I am given the chance by God.’

For Rosy his mother again it is  a faith experience.  She narrates: ‘May be it is God’s plan that on that day our son should wear pants with number of pockets because of which he had placed the passport and mobile in his pockets.  Usually he would keep them in a  bag.  With the passport we could go to the aviation officials in the airport from where he was admitted in the hospital by the staff of the airport. As soon as we met our wounded son, after saying ‘Mummy, I thought I am already gone and finished’ he cried allowed before us.  God was with us, it was God’s wish that our son should be back with us.’

Joel’s friend and neighbour, a Hindu, Sandeep Shetty has something to narrate about the personality of Joel.  According to him ‘Joel is bit quiet person with less words.  But he is always action oriented, daring and decisive.  He used to lead us towards risk takings with his usual response ‘Let us do it’.  He is always loving and cheerful.  That is the reason all of us ran to him as we heard that he is one of the eight survivors.’ 

Joel has completed IT and mechanical diploma after Pre-University studies. Recent one was his second trip to Dubai with a visiting visa.  While returning he had come with an offer letter by one of the companies in Dubai and was suppose to join the duty on the 2nd of June.  He is very positive and extremely happy with the lovely medical and other related services arranged by Air India Company.  The Bangalore Manager of Air India, Anil Matham was with him for long 24 hours which he cherishes.  

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  • Diljyoti,Allahabad,Kinnigoly, Kinnigoly

    Fri, Jun 11 2010

    Joel, May you live long. I cried reading the whole episode. God Bless you dear.

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  • Justin Lobo, Bangalore

    Tue, Jun 1 2010

    Mr. Shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udipi, My Holy book says I quote Matthew 16:16:17 And Simon peter answered and said, Thou are the Christ, Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Simon Barajona: For flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee but my Father which is in heaven. Jesus came down from heaven who was in heaven to redeem the whole world through the blood of Jesus Christ. John the Baptist says I quote: “behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. Not only of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs etc., but of the whole world. John 1:29 Also my book says Revelations I am the first and the last the Alfa and Omega. Rev 1: 10,17,18. Do not misguide the people. Jesus as a man was a perfect man but without sinning. All prophets on this earth have sinned except Jesus. (You should not have dragged the mater of Son of God and Prophet Muhammad) Also you have quoted wrong spelling of Prophet Muhammad.

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  • Preema Lasrado , vamanjoor/dubai

    Tue, Jun 1 2010

    Dear brother really your blessed with god.its your parents prayer and love that you bring back.We all love you.your loveing niece miss u a lot,get well soon.waiting to see you again.remember to praise god ever.wish you all the best in your future.

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  • Sri Achar, Udupi

    Tue, Jun 1 2010

    Joshi, Prasad Rao, I agree with you entirely. I just want to ask Shanawaz Kukkikatte and others who have repeatedly commented it is allah who has saved them - why did he not save others?

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  • Barbara, Kuwait

    Tue, Jun 1 2010

    God Bless you and guide you to do what His will.

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  • abdul aziz s.a, muscat, mangalore

    Tue, Jun 1 2010

    Its Allaha saved him, say many thanks to Allaha the great who saved him and others

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  • D.F. Lobo, Vamanjoor-Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 1 2010

    Hi Joel, really God saved you, prayers and faith of your family members rescued you and your instinct guided you in right time. All the best.

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  • seby, Goa

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Prayers weigh more then anything else

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  • Antony Herbert Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney, Australia

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Wise comments S.Joshi, Muscat and I am totally with you!

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  • Caroline Saldanha, Bangalore/Bahrain

    Mon, May 31 2010

    We cannot understand God's ways. He works in a mysterious and wonderful manner! His blessings we cannot count. Thank god Joel, and pass on his love and hope to everyone through your actions and words. God bless you!

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  • Prasad Rao, Mangalore

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Shanawaz and his innumerable followers, lets have some respect for the families of those who lost lives, please do not use this forum to further your interpretation of life and religion. Lets not bring any particular religion into this. We are living in this secular India and lets behave as secular.

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  • Ronald Crasta, Mumbai

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Joel P. D’Souza I too join you in Praising God for saving your life. I feel God has special plans in your life. He will work wonders through you. Bring more people to His fold.
    Praise the Lord

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  • S Joshi, Muscat

    Mon, May 31 2010

    May God bless Joel for a speedy recovery and a great life ahead. However, although I agree everything happens as per God's wish, I do not agree with Shanawaz when he says that if HE wills "destruction" no power can save him.... Does it mean that God wanted to destroy all those 158 who died? How can HE will destrcution? HE has his own reasons for taking life too. May be HE wants to call them sooner to his abode or they have simply finished their purpose in this life. Please be considerate to the families of those who lost their lives as they too will be reading these comments.

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  • Nitesh R., Mangalore

    Mon, May 31 2010

    "Jako rakhe saiya maar sake na koi".

    Death does'nt wander close to those people who are protected by god.

    Joel say thanks and move on.

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  • Mohammed suleman, Katipalla

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Shahnawaz bhai, Allah has indeed been kind to all the survivors of Mangalore crash. It is only because of his blessing that this miracle has happened. Allah is great.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udipi

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Mr Stephen/Shirtady/Dubai.

    I have quoted fom my holy books and you are quoting from your holy books. My holy book says, Jesus Christ is not son of God, but son of Virgin Mary born without the intervention of male, but by the inspiration of God, where as your holy book says, Jesus is son of Virgin Mary and Joseph and is only son of God. I look upon Jesus (PBUH) as one of the messengers of Allah before Mohamed (PBUH) and you look upon him as son of God and saviour. For me Mohamed (PBUH) is not saviour but his teachings and God is saviour. I have quoted according to my knowledge and teachings and you have quoted according to your knowledge and teachings, so we should not point our finger at others and should not try to prove what others say is wrong. Everything is right in ones perspective. I hope you understood it.

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  • Oliver, Bejai / AUH

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Dear shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udipi...I say AMEN to all you said.

    Thank You Heavenly Father For Another Day in Our Lives.

    God Bless Joel & Family...Your faith Shines

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  • abdul latif, Bajpe, Dammam

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Mr.Shahnawaz Kukkikatte, U R right,Allah is greatest,so everybody always remember Allah

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  • amrit rodrigues, kulshekar

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Dear Joel, your parents prayers and the benevolence of God above have saved you. All the very best for a quick recovery. Congratulations to your parents for the Lord has heard their prayers.

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  • Attavar, Mangalore

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Wonder why Francis Rodrigues has to harp on Joel being a christian and Sandeep being a Hindu. People like him are responsible for creating rifts amongst both communities. How do they call themselves god's own men.

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  • Ayub Khan, Karkala/Oman

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Good Luck Joel....wish you all the best in the future....be good always with your parents and all the people around.....!!

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  • Noel , Mangalore

    Mon, May 31 2010

    hai joel god has blessed u and kept u, and also he provided u job , Get well soon and come back

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  • Alwyn Noronha, Bahrain

    Mon, May 31 2010

    As it is said “man proposes God Disposes”. Praise the Lord.

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  • STALIN MISQUITH, BAHRAIN

    Mon, May 31 2010

    JOEL PRATAP HATS OFF, TUM JIYO HAZAR SAAL, SAAL KE DIN HO PACHAS HAZAAR.

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  • Stephen, Shirthady/Dubai

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Truly a miracle of God and wonderful testimony acknowledging God's hand upon Joel. But I am puzzled with Shahnawaz's comment, I do not know which God he is talking about "if Allah wills the destruction of any one no power on the earth can save him". I know my God who says 'I came that they may have life and have it abundantly'. God does not destroy it's enemy's job, destruction, sorry, misery etc comes when God's hand is not upon you. When you abide in God He will abide in you it's a two way process of course.

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  • urban sequeira, Bendore - Dubai

    Mon, May 31 2010

    What a true touching story of Joel. God has His own plans and it is a second birth for Joel. Let us thank and praise God for these 8 survirors in plane crash. Joel, I wish you a speedy recovery so as to live a life of witnessing christ in your life.

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  • Madava Nayak, Mangalore/UAE

    Mon, May 31 2010

    God has different plans for each and every one of his people in this world.Well done Joel, I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you get back to your normal life soon. Well said, Shahnawaz Kukkikatte. Very true and right about our Creator's plans and ideas !

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  • Imilian D'souza , Mangalore / Kuwait

    Mon, May 31 2010

    God will not Shut the Door without opening another Door

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  • Stanley Noronha, Kulshekar/M'lore. Q8

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Dear Joel, you are really a new born child to your dear parents. Sea water and earth soil refused you bcos GOD wants you to live and praise Him. Yes I say its only your and parents Faith and Love for God rewarded you the new life. I pray that you get wel soon. God bles you. Regards to you and to all at home.

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  • DENZIL FERNANDES, DUBAI

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Well said, Shahnawaz Kukkikatte. Very true and right about our Creator's plans and ideas ! God has different plans for each and every one of his people in this world.

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  • George Borromeo, Pumpwell, Angelore, Mangalore

    Mon, May 31 2010

    God Loves all humans, be they are Good, be they are Bad or be they are Ugly.
    Dear Joel, God has saved you with a purpose.Pray to him and he will reveal this to you.God Bless You.
    Nice piece of article by Rev.Fr. Vincent. Keep up the good work.

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  • THERESA LOBO, PEJAR(BAJPE)/SHARJAH

    Mon, May 31 2010

    I am really touched after reading the story of Joel,who survived in the recent AI Crash. Faith in God brought him back to his loved ones.If you have faith in God I am sure we can move mountains. May God touch Joel and heal him totally and bring back again to work in Dubai. May God grant all his heart desires. Let us all pray for all the survivors and pray also for the departed soul to rest in peace.!!!!!

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  • Praveen s, Permannur

    Sun, May 30 2010

    God know every thing, joel & others survival because of god blessings, if god knows give life to us nobody cant do anything, lets thanks lord because, every incident god teach us something beyond our thinking, lets thanks our god always.......

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  • John Pereira & Fly, Mira Road/Kuwait

    Sun, May 30 2010

    Yes Mr Joel it is a Miracle from the Almighty God you are the luckiest from all the others I have lost someone dear and I pray to the Almighty that through you I look my loved ones and cherish my life, Live a happy &
    make your life better by a simple smile on your face with the Grace given by the Almighty

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  • Antony Herbert Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney,Australia

    Sun, May 30 2010

    What a lovely and touching story of Joel, who survived the recent AI crash at Bajpe, so nicely brought to us by you Fr. Vincent Rodrigues! - tears welled and swelled into my eyes and a few  slid from the corners as well, as I read through this miralculous story! Well done Joel, you and your precious parents deserve a second chance of life to you, and I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you get back to your normal life soon.

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udipi

    Sun, May 30 2010

    What is said is true. Truly the survival of Joel and others is a blessings and an experience of faith. If Allah wills to save some one, no power on the earth can destroy him and if Allah wills the destruction of any one no power on the earth can save him. God is eternal, merciful, loving and bountiful. All praises due to Him alone. He is the creator and sustainer and we are his creations and submit ourselves to His will.

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