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Mariya Zuberi is rightly being called a hero after her actions stopped a tragedy from becoming much worse.

When her charter plane took off for a test flight in Mumbai, she quickly realized there were mechanical issues. The plane crashed, killing all four onboard, including Zuberi, and two people on the ground.

It's a tragedy that could have been much worse if not for Zuberi's quick thinking. Officials are saying she successfully steered the plane away from more densely populated areas, including away from several tall buildings.


And it wasn't just quick thinking.

India's former civil aviation minister, Praful Patel, tweeted that Zuberi sacrificed her own life to save others.

Zuberi, 47, reportedly ignored family pressure to become a doctor and instead pursued her dream of flying. She was doing what she loved and made the ultimate sacrifice to save others.

"She was a very good pilot, the first in her Muslim family to choose this profession," said her husband, Prabhat Kathuria.

But it didn't have to end this way.

The crash is a reminder about the seriousness of plane safety.

Zuberi's husband says her co-pilot had expressed concerns over bad weather but that they were pressured to make a test flight in the 20-year-old aircraft anyway.

"The incident could have been averted," he said.

2017 was a banner year for commercial aviation safety, the first time no official deaths were reported from crashes.

In April 2018, a woman died on a Southwest Airlines flight after an engine failure shattered the window next to her seat. A month later, a commercial plane in Cuba crashed, killing more than 100 on board. These incidents, like the one in Mumbai, have raised concerns about whether airline regulations are being enforced strongly enough.

Zuberi is a hero, and her legacy should inspire action to protect others going forward.

It's important to investigate why the plane crashed and whether it should have been flown at all. Early reports indicate the plane had been grounded for several years for mechanical concerns. More importantly, the best way to honor the memory of Zuberi and her fellow victims is to take the proper steps to help prevent accidents like this in the future.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

This article originally appeared on 08.21.18


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