Prasad Krishna Kadaba, a retired electrical engineering professor at the University of Kentucky and a two-time Fulbright Scholar who survived an airplane hijacking in 1970, died Thursday. He was 84.
Mr. Kadaba died of heart failure at his home in Newtown Square, Pa.
Mr. Kadaba won Fulbright Scholarships in 1973 and 1989 to pursue research at the University of Ljubljana in the former Yugoslavia, now Slovenia.
He spent nearly five decades on the faculty of UK's engineering school, remaining a professor emeritus after moving to Pennsylvania to be near his daughter's family.
On Sept. 6, 1970, on his way back to Kentucky after visiting his parents in India, Mr. Kadaba was aboard TWA Flight 74 with 144 other passengers traveling from Frankfurt, Germany, to New York when Palestine Liberation Organization guerrillas hijacked the plane and diverted it to Jordan.
The passengers and crew remained hostages for 22 days. Mr. Kadaba later said that he survived by sleeping 16 hours a day, which he said he remembered reading how "Gandhi had done this in jail," and by practicing yoga.
"Through yoga, you can get yourself into a state of mind where you refuse to think of certain things, so you don't get worked up," Mr. Kadaba said in the Oct. 1, 1970, Lexington Leader in his first interview after being freed.
Mr. Kadaba, who earned his doctorate physics in 1950 at UCLA, immigrated to the United States after receiving a Government of India Scholarship to pursue studies here.
Mr. Kadaba is survived by his wife of 52 years, Pankaja K. Kadaba; his daughter, Lini S. Kadaba; his brother, Prasanna
Kadaba; his grandson, Rohan; and son-in-law, Dilip Rajagopalan.
A Hindu cremation will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the D'Anjolell Memorial Homes in Frazer, Pa. Memorial contributions may be made to Child Rights and CRY America, P.O. Box 850948, Braintree, MA, 02185-0948.