Mumbai, August 11
The Maharashtra authorities has determined to accord a state funeral to Captain Deepak Sathe, pilot-in-command of the ill-fated Air India Express airplane that crashed in Kerala final week, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Office stated on Tuesday.
The funeral of Captain Sathe, 58, who was a resident of Chandivali in Mumbai, can be held right here later within the day.
Lauding Sathe, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) stated his life would encourage younger pilots to attain the ‘Sword of Honour’.
The Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 folks, together with a six-member crew, overshot the tabletop runway throughout touchdown on the Kozhikode airport in heavy rain on Friday, fell right into a valley 35 toes beneath and broke into two, killing 18 folks, together with each pilots.
“The state has decided to accord a state funeral to late Wing Commander Captain DV Sathe (retd). His life has been one that will inspire many more young pilots to achieve the Sword of Honour and command over the skies,” the CMO tweeted.
After the airplane crash, Captain Sathe’s spouse Sushma and one in all their sons had gone to Kerala to gather his mortal stays, which have been introduced right here in a flight on Sunday.
The physique was then stored on the Air India facility close to Terminal 2 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji worldwide airport right here for a while earlier than being taken to Bhabha Hospital.
Sathe was a former Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force and had served on the pressure’s flight testing institution.
He survived an air crash within the early 1990s when he was within the Air Force and was hospitalised for six months, his cousin earlier stated.
Sathe had suffered a number of accidents on his cranium in that incident, however as a consequence of his sturdy will energy and keenness he cleared the take a look at and began flying once more, he stated.
Captain Sathe’s father Brigadier Vasant Sathe (retired) and his spouse stay in Nagpur.
The physique of co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar was cremated on Sunday within the presence of his household and officers of Air India and Air India Express at his hometown Mathura.
The airline on Sunday stated the mortal stays of 16 passengers killed within the airplane crash had been handed over to their households, and added that authorities have been investigating the accident. PTI