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Meet the Hero Who Sacrificed Herself to Save 360 Passengers From Terrorists 33 Years Ago

The heroic act of an Indian flight attendant who sacrificed herself to save the lives of hundreds of passengers from Palestinian terrorists hijacking their plane in 1986 is remembered in history for the 33rd year this month.

Neerja Bhanot, who was killed at 22, posthumously became the youngest recipient of the Ashoka Chakra Award, India’s highest peacetime military decoration for “most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent valour or self-sacrifice other than in the face of the enemy.”