Malaysia Airlines stewardess Angeline Premila Rajandran with her dog Lexi. (File picture)
Kuala Lumpur, July 19: An air stewardess who died when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 crashed in eastern Ukraine sent a final message to her family asking them to take care of her pet dog.
Angeline Premila Rajandran, a 30-year-old from the Malaysian city of Klang, was one of 298 people on the Boeing 777 when it went down on Thursday after apparently being hit by a surface-to-air missile.
Just minutes before the flight took off Rajandran sent a message to her mother via the WhatsApp messaging service that said: “Look after my dog Lexi.”
“My mum is devastated as Angeline and the rest of us celebrated our mum’s birthday only two weeks ago,” Murphy Govind, her brother, was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper. “My mother has locked herself in her room and has refused to come out ever since we heard about the news.”
Govind described the agony of receiving a phone call from Malaysia Airlines at around 4am yesterday morning with the news that his sister’s plane had failed to land.
Friends described Rajandran, who had also worked as a model for the Malaysian airline, as someone who loved travel and animals.
In March, she posted a photograph of her dog, Lexi, on her Facebook page, alongside the caption: “My LiL Lexi”.
Annette Roman Vermani, a close friend of the air stewardess, said they had been making plans to get together. “Now it will not happen,” she said, adding that her friend was “good-natured, prim and proper”. “We are all going to miss you Angeline Rest In Peace,” Guhanandan Selvadurai, a friend, wrote on Facebook.
Today, Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysia’s transport minister, told reporters he would travel to Kiev to monitor investigations.
“We have sent our investigation team and we will make sure that they have a safe corridor to get to the debris field,” he said.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak today confirmed that his step-grandmother, Siti Amirah, 83, was on board Flight MH-17 that was downed over Ukraine en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
”I personally share the grief of the families on board #MH17,” Najib said in a Tweet. “My step-grandmother was one of the passengers.”