Pilot Deepak Sathe cremated; Maharashtra govt accords state funeral

Mumbai, August 11

Wing Commander Deepak Sathe (retd), pilot-in-command of the Air India Express aircraft that crashed in Kerala final week, was cremated right here on Tuesday with state honours.

Hundreds of mourners lined up the highway because the funeral procession began from his residence in Chandivli and concluded at Vikhroli’s Tagorenagar crematorium, the place the final rites have been carried out.

Earlier within the day, the Maharashtra Government determined to accord a state funeral to the pilot, and stated his life would encourage younger pilots.

The 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, killing 18 folks, together with each the pilots.

Sathe’s physique was flown right here on Sunday and was stored on the Air India facility close to Terminal 2 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji worldwide airport for a while earlier than being taken to Bhabha Hospital in Bandra.

On Tuesday morning, the physique was introduced from the hospital to the household dwelling in Chandivli. Residents within the housing advanced paid tributes to the pilot. Some of them have been seen saluting him from their balconies.

The pilot’s father, Col Vasant Sathe (retd), 87, and mom Neela, 83, have been current on the Chandivli residence. They reside in Nagpur and reached Mumbai on Monday.

The pilot’s US-based elder son Shantanu additionally reached Mumbai on Monday for the final rites. He, alongside together with his mom Sushma and youthful brother Dhananjay, have been in tears because the final rites have been carried out on the crematorium shortly after midday.

A wreath was positioned on behalf of the Indian Air Force, the place Sathe was a check pilot earlier than becoming a member of Air India.

Pilots from completely different airways, cabin crew and others within the aviation sector participated within the last journey. PTI

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