October 4, 2006

Miss India on hijacked plane!

Miss India Kanksha Mehta
OCT 4 - Among the 107 passengers on board the Turkish Airways plane, which was being hijacked, was Miss India Kanksha Mehta, India's representative at the Miss International competition with three other compatriots.

Miss Singapore, Miss Malaysia and Miss Philippines were also on the flight, the Albanian event's press spokesman told the news media.

Kanksha Mehta was supposed to be flying to New York. However, she later asked the organisers to book the tickets for the Turkish flight," he added.

Mehta is a classical dancer and her interests include dancing, traveling and shopping. She holds a degree in food and nutritional sciences, fine art and dance.

Seeking to communicate with the Pope, a Turkish national seized control of the airliner flying from Albania to Istanbul on Tuesday and diverted it to Italy before surrendering.

All the plane's 107 passengers - including the beauty contest entrants - and six crew are said to be unhurt. (DesPardes News Monitor