The parents of the air hostess killed along with seven British trekkers when their jet crashed in Kathmandu, said their beauty queen daughter had died chasing her dream of working for a 'glamorous' international air line.
Ruja Shakya, 24, had joined Sita Air only six months ago after two years at an air hostess training college. She had entered a series of beauty and talent contests, and was studying for a business degree hoping they would help her to win her dream job and travel the world.
Her parents, watchmaker Hitler Shakya and his wife Thirta, told The Daily Telegraph they were alarmed by her career choice that she would be on one of the planes which regularly crash in Nepal – 83 people have been killed in five crashes in Nepal in the last two years.
But they kept their fears to themselves, they said, because she loved her job so much.
"We were not happy but I did not say anything because it was her desire. I was always worried about her safety – Nepal's skies are not so safe. But we were happy because she was happy. We were very proud of her," her father said from their flat above their watch repair shop in Kavre, just outside Kathmandu.
"She wanted to show her beauty and her talent. She was very beautiful. She competed in Miss Kavre, Miss Capital. She was kind and loving and she wanted to travel. This job was the first step to achieving her ambition."
She had ignored neighbours who questioned her career choice and compared air hostesses to lowly bus conductors.
Her good looks brought lots of would-be grooms called on them to ask to marry her, he said, but she refused them all.
"She did not want to marry, she wanted to focus on her career. I wanted to see my daughter having a highflying career but it is a disaster for me. I never thought this kind of accident would happen in my life."